Atypical rounded atelectasis

Diagnosis and management based on results of F-18 FDG positron emission tomography

Norna Ludeman, Brett M. Elicker, Gautham P. Ready, W. Richard Webb, J. W T Leung, Michael Gotway

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Abstract

A 58-year-old man presented with bilateral focal pulmonary opacities in the setting of asbestos-related pleural disease. CT features of the opacities were insufficiently characteristic to diagnose rounded atelectasis. Needle biopsy failed to exclude malignancy. FDG-PET imaging showed minimal metabolic activity within these opacities, allowing conservative management, as opposed to thoracotomy. Although FDG-PET findings of rounded atelectasis are known, little is known about FDG-PET results in patients with atypical rounded atelectasis on CT. FDG-PET is a useful test in the setting of asbestos-related pleural disease and rounded atelectasis, and may obviate need for more invasive and expensive diagnostic procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)734-735
Number of pages2
JournalClinical Nuclear Medicine
Volume30
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Pulmonary Atelectasis
Positron-Emission Tomography
Pleural Diseases
Asbestos
Needle Biopsy
Thoracotomy
Lung
Neoplasms

Keywords

  • Asbestos-related pleural disease
  • Positron emission tomography
  • Pulmonary nodule
  • Rounded atelectasis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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Atypical rounded atelectasis : Diagnosis and management based on results of F-18 FDG positron emission tomography. / Ludeman, Norna; Elicker, Brett M.; Ready, Gautham P.; Webb, W. Richard; Leung, J. W T; Gotway, Michael.

In: Clinical Nuclear Medicine, Vol. 30, No. 11, 11.2005, p. 734-735.

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Ludeman, Norna ; Elicker, Brett M. ; Ready, Gautham P. ; Webb, W. Richard ; Leung, J. W T ; Gotway, Michael. / Atypical rounded atelectasis : Diagnosis and management based on results of F-18 FDG positron emission tomography. In: Clinical Nuclear Medicine. 2005 ; Vol. 30, No. 11. pp. 734-735.
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