ABSTRACT: Acute mesenteric ischemia resulting in bowel necrosis is a surgical emergency. First identification of acute mesenteric ischemia with FDG PET/CT is uncommon, because patients with bowel ischemia are usually diagnosed by other imaging methods such as CT. Nevertheless, prompt imager recognition of the PET/CT findings of mesenteric ischemia and necrosis is critical for proper triage of the patient to potentially lifesaving interventions. We present a 39-year-old woman with portal vein thrombosis who was sent for 18F-FDG PET/CT evaluation of a suspected pancreatic head neoplasm but was unexpectedly found to have ischemic and necrotic small bowel secondary to mesenteric venous infarction.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging