Incidental finding of parathyroid adenoma with 11C-choline PET/CT

Paola Mapelli, Elena Busnardo, Patrizia Magnani, Massimo Freschi, Maria Picchio, Luigi Gianolli, Cristina Messa

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Positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) with C-choline is an established diagnostic tool for restaging prostate cancer patients with biochemical failure after primary treatment. In the present case, C-choline PET/CT was performed in a prostate cancer patient with skeletal metastases, treated with hormonal therapy. In addition to the detection of pathologic uptake at prostate and vertebra, C-choline uptake occurred in the neck. The finding was suggestive for a parathyroid adenoma on subsequent ultrasound, then finally confirmed by parathyroid scintigraphy and histopathological analysis performed after hemithyroidectomy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)593-595
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Nuclear Medicine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


  • 11C-choline PET/CT
  • hyperparathyroidism
  • prostate cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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