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Heerfordt Syndrome Initially Presenting With Subcutaneous Mass Lesions: Usefulness of Gallium-67 Scans Before and After Treatment

Sugawara, Yoshifumi MD*; Sakayama, Kenshi MD†; Sada, Eiji MD‡; Kajihara, Makoto MD*; Semba, Takatoshi MD*; Higashino, Hiroshi MD*; Mochizuki, Teruhito MD*

Clinical Nuclear Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/01.rlu.0000182264.76461.74
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Abstract: Heerfordt syndrome is characterized by parotid gland swelling, uveitis, facial nerve palsy, and fever. This syndrome is recognized as a rare special form of sarcoidosis, and the definite diagnosis of this syndrome is made histologically according to sarcoidosis, ie, by demonstration of noncaseating epithelioid cell granulomas. Although a gallium-67 scan is helpful for the diagnosis of sarcoidosis, there have been very few reports on the usefulness of gallium-67 scan for this syndrome. We present gallium-67 scans obtained before and after treatment in a case of Heerfordt syndrome.

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From the Departments of *Radiology and †Orthopaedic Surgery and the ‡First Department of Internal Medicine, Ehime University School of Medicine, Toon, Ehime, Japan.

Received for publication March 18, 2005; accepted April 27, 2005.

Reprints: Yoshifumi Sugawara, MD, Department of Radiology, Ehime University School of Medicine, Toon, Ehime 791-0295, Japan. E-mail:

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.