Detection of Intraluminal Tracheal Metastasis of Thyroid Papillary Carcinoma by F-18-FDG PET/CT

ArticleinClinical nuclear medicine 37(6):e160-1 · June 2012with9 Reads
DOI: 10.1097/RLU.0b013e318248515e · Source: PubMed
We present a case of a 66-year-old female patient with thyroid papillary carcinoma. On the fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (F18-FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) performed for thyroglobulin elevation accompanied by negative radioiodine whole-body scan, there was an intense 18F-FDG uptake in the polypoid soft tissue invading the tracheal cartilage and extending into the lumen. Dedifferentiated tumor with high metabolic rate can be easily detected by 18F-FDG PET/CT.
    • "The most common primary cancers associated with such metastases are breast and colon, although other tumors have also been described. Thyroid malignancy with endotracheal spread has rarely been reported in literature [5]. Patterns of tracheal metastases have been classified by Kiryu et al. [6]. "
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