PET/CT provides snapshot of E. coli coronary stent infection

September 10, 2013

Infection imaging with PET/CT is gaining traction and could help detect serious complications after coronary stent placement, as evidenced by an E. coli case study published online Aug. 24 in the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology.

A team of researchers including Horst Wedekind, MD, from the Department of Internal Medicine—Cardiology and Angiology at St. Franziskus Hospital Munster in Munster, Germany, and colleagues presented a patient case highlighting PET/CT’s ability to aid the diagnosis of coronary stent infection. Such complications are uncommon and could fall through the cracks. This imaging study provides a unique example of what might otherwise be a challenging case.

“Septic complications of coronary stent implantation are extremely rare,” wrote Wedekind et al. “We report a case of coronary drug eluting stent infection (DES) with purulent pericarditis after complex coronary intervention, which was diagnosed by PET/CT.”