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Clinical Nuclear Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/RLU.0b013e3182868af9
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Heterogeneous 18F-FDG Uptake in Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis

Yu, John-Paul J. MD, PhD; Barajas, Ramon F. Jr MD; Olorunsola, Dare MD; Sugrue, Leo P. MD, PhD; Hernandez-Pampaloni, Miguel MD

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Abstract: Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP) describes an infection of the upper aerodigestive tract by the human papilloma virus most commonly affecting the larynx with rare lung involvement in 1%–2% of affected patients. We describe an unusual case of a 28-year-old male patient with a longstanding history of RRP where a whole-body PET/CT obtained for disease staging revealed multiple cavitary pulmonary nodules in addition to the more typical tracheobronchial papillomas. In the case described herein, we report heterogeneous uptake of 18F-FDG among these RRP lesions, suggesting significant unexpected variability in the underlying metabolic behavior of these lesions.

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins


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