A rare case of synchronous bilateral pulmonary neuroendocrine tumor detected by 68Ga-DOTANOC PET/CT

Silvia Taralli, Giorgio Treglia, Germano Perotti, Paolo Graziano, Giuseppe Cardillo, Paola Castaldi, Maria Lucia Calcagni, Vittoria Rufini, Alessandro Giordano

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Abstract

A 64-year-old man was referred to our center for metabolic characterization of 2 bilateral pulmonary lesions, incidentally detected at computed tomography (CT). 18F-FDG PET/CT scan showed a weak radiopharmaceutical uptake in both pulmonary lesions. A subsequent 68Ga-DOTANOC PET/CT showed intense radiopharmaceutical uptake in both pulmonary lesions. Subsequently, the patient underwent histopathological examinations of both lesions, which showed a synchronous well-differentiated pulmonary neuroendocrine carcinoma (typical carcinoid tumor). This case reports a rare occurrence of synchronous pulmonary carcinoid, highlighting the role of different PET tracers for metabolic characterization of pulmonary nodules.

Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical Nuclear Medicine
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012

Keywords

  • F-FDG
  • Ga-DOTANOC
  • PET/CT
  • pulmonary neuroendocrine carcinoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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