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Positron-emission tomography pitfalls related to oral prosthesis.
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PMID:  22778055     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
This case report describes false-positive positron-emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) findings related to oral prostheses and its implications in cancer surveillance. In head and neck cancer management, F18-flurodeoxyglucose (FDG) PET/CT is widely accepted for evaluating treatment response and detecting recurrence. Interpretation of FDG PET/CT images in this setting is often challenging due to various prostheses and reconstruction methods. Following surgery for squamous cell carcinoma of the maxillary alveolus, a 61-year-old female had a FDG PET/CT scan on a 7-month follow-up that showed high FDG uptake along the resection site. Clinical examination showed no signs of inflammation or recurrence. Repeat FDG PET/CT without the prosthesis was normal. The PET/CT attenuation-corrected images demonstrated high FDG uptake (standardized uptake value: 11.6) along the resection site corresponding to contrast-enhanced CT images of the lesion. PET/CT nonattenuation-corrected images also confirmed increased activity. Repeat PET/CT without the prosthesis was normal. FDG is not tumor specific; it can accumulate in inflammation, infection, and post-therapy settings. Metallic and high-density prostheses show radial artifacts on CT and falsely elevated FDG uptake on PET/ CT in adjacent areas. Salivary pooling may concentrate FDG. The presence of oral prostheses has not been described as a cause of this high level of activity. PET/CT images that demonstrate intense activity corresponding to dense structures should be viewed with caution. A detailed history and physical exam as well as knowledge of artifacts are pertinent for the managing physician. Laryngoscope, 2012.
Yogesh More; Reginald Dusing; Shaheen Counts; Justin Bond; Terrance Tsue; Douglas Girod
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-7-9
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Laryngoscope     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1531-4995     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-7-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8607378     Medline TA:  Laryngoscope     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 The American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society, Inc.
Department of Otolaryngology, Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.A..
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