Breast Sparganosis Incidentally Detected by FDG PET/CT
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Sparganosis is a rare, parasitic infection that is caused by the plercercoid tapeworm larvae of the genus Spirometra. Sparganosis is transmitted by ingestion of larvae-containing water or intermediate hosts, such as raw amphibians, and usually presented with a subcutaneous nodule in the abdominal wall, extremities, and genital organs. Among the various involved organs, the breast is a seldom encountered site for sparganosis. However, breast sparganosis has clinical importance, since it is generally presented with an indolent palpable mass that mimics malignancy, even without evidence of inflammation. Herein, we report a case of breast sparganosis that was detected incidentally by FDG PET/CT during staging work ups in a patient with gall bladder cancer.
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- 1. Department of Nuclear Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
- 2. Department of Nuclear Medicine, Seoul National University Seoul Metropolitan Boramae Medical Center, 20 Boramae-5-Ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul, 156-707, Korea
- 3. Department of Radiology, Seoul National University Boramae Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
- 4. Department of Surgery, Seoul National University Boramae Medical Center, Seoul, Korea