Diffuse F-18 FDG uptake in skeletal muscles secondary to chills resulting from sepsis: A cause for underestimation of viable tumor

Buddhiwardhan Ojha, Ashok Muthukrishnan, Arun Kumar Raman, Ramadas Satya, Tommy Mahone, Andres Forero-Torres

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Abstract

FDG PET was performed on a 42-year-old male patient with B-cell, low-grade follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma to evaluate the response to chemotherapy. The bone marrow lesions appeared to have improved compared with the prior PET scan, but there was intense skeletal muscle FDG uptake. Repeated scanning performed after 1 week revealed an increase in the size and intensity of bone marrow lesions compared with the pretherapy study, suggesting worsening. The authors present this case of generalized intense skeletal muscle uptake secondary to chills resulting from sepsis causing a falsely reduced tumor-to-normal tissue ratio.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)600-601
Number of pages2
JournalClinical Nuclear Medicine
Volume29
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2004

Keywords

  • FDG
  • PET
  • Skeletal muscle activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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