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Clinical Nuclear Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/RLU.0b013e3181e4dcd4
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F-18 FDG PET/CT Imaging of a Parapharyngeal Hemangioma

Surasi, Devaki S. MBBS*; Meibom, Sara MD*; Grillone, Gregory MD†; Subramaniam, Rathan M. MD, PhD*

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Abstract

Tumors of the parapharyngeal space (PPS) are uncommon, comprising 0.5% of all head and neck neoplasms. Hemangiomas are responsible for <1% of all such tumors occurring in the PPS. We present the case report of a 55-year-old woman who presented with sensorineural hearing loss. She was evaluated with an magnetic resonance imaging, which showed an incidental finding of a mass in the right PPS. Tagged red blood cell scan showed increased and progressive attenuation in the lesion, which is diagnostic of hemangioma. PET/CT showed minimal background uptake. This added confidence to the diagnosis, and thus avoided an invasive biopsy.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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