Case Reports

Annals of Nuclear Medicine

, Volume 17, Issue 5, pp 407-410

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Intense uptake of [F-18]-fluoro-2 deoxy-d-glucose in active pulmonary tuberculosis

  • Che-Ming YangAffiliated withPET Center, Taipei Medical University Hospital
  • , Chung-Huei HsuAffiliated withPET Center, Taipei Medical University Hospital Email author 
  • , Chi-Ming LeeAffiliated withDepartment of Radiology, Taipei Medical University Hospital
  • , Fong-Chieh WangAffiliated withInternal Medicine, Taipei Medical University Hospital

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FDG PET is well recognized for its utility in cancer workup. Nonetheless, the differentiation between malignant and benign pulmonary lesions by FDG PET is challenging. The authors report three proved cases of pulmonary tuberculosis in acute active and open stages. The activities and extents of infection were demonstrable in FDG PET, which could not be observed in either chest radiograph or computed tomography.

Key words

FDG PET scintigraphy tuberculosis