Nucl Med Mol Imaging.  2011 Jun;45(2):152-155.

18F-FDG PET/CT Findings in a Breast Cancer Patient with Concomitant Tuberculous Axillary Lymphadenitis

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  • 1Department of Nuclear Medicine, Jeju National University Hospital, 66 Jeju-Daehakno, Jeju-si, Jeju, Korea 690-767. jwonleemd@gmail.com
  • 2Department of Nuclear Medicine, Soonchunhyang University Cheonan Hospital, Cheonan, Korea.
  • 3Department of Surgery, Jeju National University School of Medicine, Jeju, Korea.

Abstract

18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) is a sensitive modality for detecting a malignant lesion, increased 18F-FDG uptake is also seen in infected or inflammatory processes. Here, we report the case of a breast cancer patient with concomitant tuberculous axillary lymphadenitis that showed increased 18F-FDG uptake. A 39-year-old woman underwent preoperative 18F-FDG PET/computed tomography (CT) as a part of the work-up for right breast cancer. 18F-FDG PET/CT images showed a malignant lesion in the right breast with moderate 18F-FDG uptake, and multiple enlarged right axillary lymph nodes with intense 18F-FDG uptake. Subsequently, the patient underwent right mastectomy and right axillary lymph node dissection. Histopathological examination confirmed breast cancer and tuberculous lymphadenitis, and the patient was treated concomitantly with anti-tuberculous therapy.

Keyword

Breast cancer; Tuberculosis; F-18 fluorodeoxyglucose; Positron emission tomography

MeSH Terms

Adult
Breast
Breast Neoplasms
Female
Fluorodeoxyglucose F18
Humans
Lymph Node Excision
Lymph Nodes
Lymphadenitis
Mastectomy
Positron-Emission Tomography
Tuberculosis
Tuberculosis, Lymph Node
Fluorodeoxyglucose F18
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