A case of positive 68Ga-DOTATOC-PET/CT pancreatic heterotopia mimicking an intestinal neuroendocrine tumor

Alessandra Zilli, Ilaria Fanetti, Dario Conte, Sara Massironi

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Gallium-68 DOTA-peptide positron emission tomography/computed tomography (68Ga-PET/CT) has emerged as a promising tool for the diagnosis and staging of gastro-entero-pancreatic neoplasms, thanks to its high sensitivity and specificity. Heterotopic pancreas, which is relatively rare, has never been reported as a possible cause of false positives of 68Ga-PET/CT. We report on the first case of a heterotopic pancreas showing pathological uptake at 68Ga-PET/CT, thus mimicking an intestinal neuroendocrine tumor. The present case suggests that heterotopic pancreas should be included among the possible causes of false positives at 68Ga PET.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-158
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Imaging
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2018


  • Neuroendocrine tumor
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Positron-emission tomography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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