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Metatarsal Metastasis From Lung Cancer Read as a Benign Process on Tc-99m MDP Scintigraphy

Duarte, Paulo S., MD

doi: 10.1097/RLU.0b013e31805375fb
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A 61-year-old man with lung cancer who underwent Tc-99m MDP bone scintigraphy for staging of the disease is presented. Tc-99m MDP bone scintigraphy was initially read as normal for the patient's age and a left metatarsal bone uptake was interpreted as a benign process. Magnetic resonance imaging of the left foot performed a few months later due to local pain revealed a lesion at the base of the third metatarsal. The surgical excision of this region showed a metastasis from a lung cancer.

From the Section of Nuclear Medicine, Fleury—Centro de Medicina Diagnóstica, São Paulo, Brazil.

Received for publication July 28, 2006; revision accepted February 26, 2007.

Reprints: Dr. Paulo Schiavom Duarte, Section of Nuclear Medicine, Fleury – Diagnostic Center, Rua Cincinato Braga, 282, São Paulo, SP 01333-910, Brazil. E-mail:

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.