Ectopic Salivary Gland in a Patient with Prostate Cancer at 18F-Choline PET/CT: An Incidental Finding

Lea Cuppari, Laura Evangelista

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A 65-year-old man with prostate cancer surgically treated in June 2016 underwent 18F-choline PET/CT in April 2017 for a biochemical recurrence of disease. PET/CT revealed a high tracer uptake in a solid nodulation near the left masseter muscle with a high SUVmax. The patient underwent both ultrasonography examination and fine needle aspiration cytology that confirmed the presence of an ectopic salivary gland. This case highlights that, in patients undergoing choline PET/CT, a careful analysis of the physiological biodistribution should be made by considering also the presence of accessory salivary glands.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)593-594
Number of pages2
JournalClinical Nuclear Medicine
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2018


  • choline
  • PET/CT
  • Physiological distribution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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