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Lacrimal gland uptake of gallium (67Ga) citrate in patients without ocular pathology.
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PMID:  19839896     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To report a series of patients with bilateral lacrimal gland uptake of Gallium (67Ga) Citrate in patients without ocular pathology and to assess the degree to which this can be a normal phenomenon. METHODS: We present an index case of lacrimal gland uptake of Gallium (67Ga) Citrate in a patient without lacrimal pathology and a subsequent retrospective review of all Gallium scans performed at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, UK from 2002 to 2008. Patients who demonstrated Ga67 uptake within the lacrimal glands were identified and case notes from all scans were retrieved and reviewed. The notes were analysed to determine the rationale for the gallium investigation as well as whether there was any preexisting ocular pathology. RESULTS: Retrospective review demonstrated that 21 gallium scans were performed from 2002 to 2008, from which 4 patients demonstrated bilateral lacrimal gland Ga67 uptake with no evidence of past or current lacrimal/ocular pathology. On the basis of our review, we report that bilateral gallium uptake is not a specific finding, occurring in normal individuals with no history or symptoms of ocular or orbital pathology.
A H Ross; H M Herbert; J Kabala; R Malhotra
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Comparative Study; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Orbit (Amsterdam, Netherlands)     Volume:  28     ISSN:  1744-5108     ISO Abbreviation:  Orbit     Publication Date:  2009  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-10-20     Completed Date:  2010-01-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8301221     Medline TA:  Orbit     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  120-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, East Grinstead, Sussex, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Biopsy, Needle
Citric Acid / diagnostic use
Eye Diseases / pathology,  radionuclide imaging
Gallium Radioisotopes / diagnostic use*
Great Britain
Lacrimal Apparatus / pathology,  radionuclide imaging*
Lacrimal Apparatus Diseases / pathology,  radionuclide imaging*
Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods
Middle Aged
Reference Values
Retrospective Studies
Sarcoidosis / pathology,  radionuclide imaging*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Gallium Radioisotopes; 77-92-9/Citric Acid

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