Magnetic resonance imaging in primary amyloidosis

Acta Radiol. 1987 Jan-Feb;28(1):13-5.


Twelve patients with primary amyloidosis (AL) were investigated with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In 9 patients an abnormal thickening of the heart walls was present and in 2 macroglossia was found at MRI. T1 was significantly increased in liver (p less than 0.05) and subcutaneous fat (p less than 0.01) while it was decreased in the spleen (p less than 0.05). T2 was significantly decreased (p less than 0.01) in the spleen in patients with amyloidosis, while it was not significantly altered in the liver or subcutaneous fat. After therapy T1 of the liver was reduced towards normal values in 4 patients. It is concluded that MRI might be a method to quantitate the amount of amyloid deposits in the tissue, and that the effect of therapy may be monitored with this technique.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Amyloidosis / diagnosis*
  • Amyloidosis / pathology
  • Amyloidosis / therapy
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged