Response by Mathieu et al to Letter Regarding Article, “Characterization of 18F-Fluorodeoxyglucose Uptake Pattern in Noninfected Prosthetic Heart Valves”
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We thank Scholtens et al for their comments on our article.1 They rightly noticed that in Figure 3, the highest Standardized Uptake Value was observed in 2 patients with a history of vasculitis. Among factors potentially promoting inflammation in the vicinity of the sewing rings, they questioned the role of active disease and the presence of surgical material, such as bioadhesive. Reconstruction procedures were all performed in agreement with EANM Research Ltd accreditation recommendations. Although the results were expressed as Standardized Uptake Value max instead …