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Thallium Stress Test

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Posted by HFHSM.D.-MS on March 07, 1998 at 11:37:14:

In Reply to: Thallium Stress Test posted by Mike on March 04, 1998 at 01:32:10:

: As the result of an "Abnormal" Stress Test, my employer has scheduled me
  to have a Thallium Stress Test.  In 1994, I lost considerable function in
  my left kidney due to a large kidney stone.  This has caused an overall
  decrease in kidney function.  While being treated for another stone in
  1997, a local urogolist was hesitant to use "dye" with his x-rays on me
  because of this reduced function. I am wondering if the Thallium test will
  cause further damage to my kidneys.
Dear Mike
Thank you for your question.
The ionic contrast agent that is  commonly  used for performing kidney x-rays  is different from thallium.  Thallium is a nuclear isotope which  is preferentially taken up by the heart muscle.  Your thallium stress test should not cause worsening of your kidney function.  
This information is provided for general medical education purposes only.  Please consult your physician for diagnostic and treatment options pertaining to your specific medical condition.
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