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Deep Venous Thrombosis on F-18 FDG PET/CT Imaging

Sydow, Brian D., MD; Srinivas, Shyam M., MD, PhD; Newberg, Andrew, MD; Alavi, Abass, MD

doi: 10.1097/01.rlu.0000222950.98284.94
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A 74-year-old man was referred for a positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) scan using F-18 fluoro-2-deoxyglucose (F-18 FDG) for staging of recently diagnosed non-Hodgkin lymphoma and melanoma. The patient had a history of a right common femoral deep venous thrombosis that was diagnosed by ultrasound 1 week earlier. The PET scan revealed diffuse soft tissue uptake in the right leg. In addition, there was linear FDG uptake within the wall of the right common femoral and external iliac veins. These findings are a reflection of the inflammation associated with the patient's acute deep venous thrombosis in the right leg.

From the Division of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Radiology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Received for publication January 25, 2006; accepted March 27, 2006.

Reprints: Brian D. Sydow, MD, Department of Radiology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. E-mail:

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.