FDG PET in primary effusion lymphoma (PEL) of the pericardium

Peeyush Bhargava, Elizabeth Glass, Jeffrey Brown, Elizabeth Eapen, Elizabeth Ames

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Abstract

We present the FDG PET images of a 49-year-old male AIDS patient with a history of Kaposi sarcoma who presented with increasing shortness of breath. The computed tomography (CT) scan of the chest showed a massive pericardial effusion, which was tapped. There was no other clinical or radiologic evidence (otherwise negative CT scan of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis) of lymphoma. A whole-body PET scan was performed after the intravenous administration of 11.0 mCi of F-18 FDG. The images showed physiological uptake in the myocardium, a photopenic defect around the heart corresponding to the pericardial effusion, lined by a hypermetabolic pericardium, consistent with neoplastic involvement. There was no other evidence of active neoplastic disease. Histopathologic analysis of the pericardial fluid showed findings characteristic of primary effusion lymphoma (PEL) and chemotherapy was started.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-19
Number of pages2
JournalClinical Nuclear Medicine
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Primary Effusion Lymphoma
Pericardial Effusion
Pericardium
Thorax
Tomography
Whole Body Imaging
Kaposi's Sarcoma
Pelvis
Intravenous Administration
Positron-Emission Tomography
Abdomen
Dyspnea
Lymphoma
Myocardium
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Drug Therapy

Keywords

  • Effusion
  • FDG
  • Lymphoma
  • Pericardium
  • PET

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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FDG PET in primary effusion lymphoma (PEL) of the pericardium. / Bhargava, Peeyush; Glass, Elizabeth; Brown, Jeffrey; Eapen, Elizabeth; Ames, Elizabeth.

In: Clinical Nuclear Medicine, Vol. 31, No. 1, 01.01.2006, p. 18-19.

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Bhargava, Peeyush ; Glass, Elizabeth ; Brown, Jeffrey ; Eapen, Elizabeth ; Ames, Elizabeth. / FDG PET in primary effusion lymphoma (PEL) of the pericardium. In: Clinical Nuclear Medicine. 2006 ; Vol. 31, No. 1. pp. 18-19.
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