J Rheum Dis.  2017 Feb;24(1):55-59. 10.4078/jrd.2017.24.1.55.

Fluorine-18-Fluorodeoxyglucose Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography in Diagnosis and Assessment of Takayasu Arteritis and Ulcerative Colitis

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  • 1Division of Rheumatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. sybang@hanyang.ac.kr
  • 2Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Nuclear Medicine, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Department of Nuclear Medicine, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

Takayasu arteritis (TA) and ulcerative colitis (UC), both immune-mediated inflammatory diseases, rarely occur together. This report describes TA in a 29-year old female patient who was being treated for UC for three years. As she had left-side neck pain and headache, she was diagnosed with TA and her response to tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor was assessed by fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose (¹â¸F-FDG) positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT). Positive responses to the TNF inhibitor were seen by PET/CT for the TA and by endoscopy for the UC. We conclude that TNF inhibitors are effective treatments for both TA and UC. We found that PET/CT is a useful for diagnosing and assessing TA.

Keyword

Takayasu arteritis; Ulcerative colitis; Positron emission tomography
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