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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.
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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