Case of pulmonary cryptococcosis mimicking hematogeneous metastases in an immuocompetent patient

Value of absent 18F-fluorodeoxylucose uptake on positron emission tomography/CT scan

Chiao Hua Lee, Ching Tzao, Tsun Hou Chang, Wei Chou Chang, Guo Shu Huang, Chih Kung Lin, Hsin Chung Lin, Hsian He Hsu

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Abstract

The radiologic appearance of multiple discrete pulmonary nodules in immunocompetent patients, with cryptococcal infection, has been rarely described. We describe a case of pulmonary cryptococcosis, presenting with bilaterally and randomly distributed nodules on a computed tomography, mimicking hematogeneous metastases. Positron emission tomography does not demonstrate 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake, suggesting a low probability for malignancy, which is a crucial piece of information for clinicians when making a management decision. We find the absence of FDG uptake correlates with the pathologic finding of an infectious nodule, composed of fibrosis and necrosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)540-543
Number of pages4
JournalKorean Journal of Radiology
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Multiple Pulmonary Nodules
Cryptococcosis
Fluorodeoxyglucose F18
Positron-Emission Tomography
Fibrosis
Necrosis
Tomography
Neoplasm Metastasis
Lung
Infection
Neoplasms

Keywords

  • Cryptococcosis
  • Multiple pulmonary nodules
  • Neoplasm metastasis
  • Positron emission tomography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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Case of pulmonary cryptococcosis mimicking hematogeneous metastases in an immuocompetent patient : Value of absent 18F-fluorodeoxylucose uptake on positron emission tomography/CT scan. / Lee, Chiao Hua; Tzao, Ching; Chang, Tsun Hou; Chang, Wei Chou; Huang, Guo Shu; Lin, Chih Kung; Lin, Hsin Chung; Hsu, Hsian He.

In: Korean Journal of Radiology, Vol. 14, No. 3, 05.2013, p. 540-543.

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Lee, Chiao Hua ; Tzao, Ching ; Chang, Tsun Hou ; Chang, Wei Chou ; Huang, Guo Shu ; Lin, Chih Kung ; Lin, Hsin Chung ; Hsu, Hsian He. / Case of pulmonary cryptococcosis mimicking hematogeneous metastases in an immuocompetent patient : Value of absent 18F-fluorodeoxylucose uptake on positron emission tomography/CT scan. In: Korean Journal of Radiology. 2013 ; Vol. 14, No. 3. pp. 540-543.
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