F-18-FDG-PET/CT leads to diagnosis of cryptococcal pneumonia where recurrent metastatic rhabdomyosarcoma was suspected

Amy E. Vinson, Veronica Solis, Hadyn T. Williams, Beverly Bell

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Abstract

An 11-year-old male was referred for a 2-deoxy-2-[F-18]fluoro-d-glucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography scan (FDG PET/CT) after a CT scan done for restaging of a treated abdominal rhabdomyosarcoma showed a residual abdominal mass. Functional PET imaging showed no active tumor in the abdominal mass, and a right middle lobe lung nodule, which was FDG-avid, and highly suspicious for metastatic disease. A biopsy of the lung nodule revealed cryptococcal pneumonia. The patient was treated for cryptococcal pneumonia and avoided an unnecessary abdominal exploratory laparotomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)401-403
Number of pages3
JournalClinical nuclear medicine
Volume32
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2007

Keywords

  • Cryptococcal pneumonia
  • FDG
  • PET
  • PET/CT
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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