RICHARD L. LITTENBERG, M.D.; RICHARD M. TAKETA, M.D.; NAOMI P. ALAZRAKI, M.D.; SAMUEL E. HALPERN, M.D.; WILLIAM L. ASHBURN, M.D.
Gallium-67 citrate was administered intravenously to 12 septic patients. Gamma camera scintiphotos and rectilinear scans showed focal accumulation of the gallium in 11 of the patients. In all 11 the region delineated by scan subsequently proved to be the source of the sepsis. The only patient with a negative scan had typhoid fever with hepatitis and no focal source for sepsis. These results indicate that 67Ga scanning can be a useful, noninvasive method to aid in the diagnostic evaluation of the septic patient.
LITTENBERG RL, TAKETA RM, ALAZRAKI NP, et al. Gallium-67 for Localization of Septic Lesions. Ann Intern Med. 1973;79:403–406. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-79-3-403
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(3):403-406.
Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Hospital Medicine, Infectious Disease, Liver Disease, Multi-Organ Failure and Sepsis.
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