Evaluation of hypertensive patients with a solitary kidney using captopril renal scintigraphy with 99Tcm-MAG3

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The study aimed to evaluate the safety and reliability of captopril renal scintigraphy (CRS) for diagnosing functionally significant renal artery stenosis (RAS) in hypertensive patients with a solitary kidney. Radionuclide studies were carried out using 100 MBq 99Tcm-mercaptoacetyl triglycine (MAG3), 1 h after administration of 50 mg captopril, and repeated in baseline condition when abnormalities were observed in the provocative study. Scintigraphic diagnosis of RAS was based on analysis of captopril-induced changes of the radiorenographs. Overall, 12 patients with a solitary kidney were investigated, and scintigraphic results compared to angiographic findings. All five patients with positive CRS showed an RAS >50%, whereas only one of the seven patients with negative CRS was affected by RAS. A significant fall in mean arterial pressure was recorded after captopril administration (123 ± 12 mm Hg before versus 108 ± 11 after), but no serious side effects were observed. Our results demonstrate that captopril-induced modifications of the renogram could effectively be used to diagnose the presence of RAS. Captopril renal scintigraphy may therefore be suggested as a reliable and safe noninvasive approach to evaluate hypertensive patients with a solitary kidney.

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