Trousseau syndrome and the unknown cancer

Use of positron emission tomographic imaging in a patient with a paraneoplastic syndrome

John A. Batsis, Timothy Ian Morgenthaler

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Abstract

Trousseau syndrome is defined as a migratory thrombophlebitis found typically in patients with an underlying malignancy. Conventional diagnostic testing and imaging can be used to successfully diagnose a primary malignancy in approximately 35% to 95% of patients. However, along with a comprehensive medical history and physical examination, numerous tests are frequently required, including blood tests, tumor markers, chest radiography, upper endoscopy, and computed tomography of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis. We present a case in which positron emission tomographic imaging was important for diagnosing the malignancy underlying Trousseau syndrome. Positron emission tomography may play an important role in the efficient evaluation of such cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)537-540
Number of pages4
JournalMayo Clinic Proceedings
Volume80
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2005

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Paraneoplastic Syndromes
Electrons
Thorax
Neoplasms
Thrombophlebitis
Hematologic Tests
Diagnostic Imaging
Tumor Biomarkers
Pelvis
Radiography
Positron-Emission Tomography
Abdomen
Endoscopy
Physical Examination
Tomography

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