A 7-year-old boy presented with increasing abdominal girth and abdominal pain. Abdominal ultrasound revealed a pleural effusion and ascites. Computed tomography (CT) demonstrated a mass involving the peritoneum, mesentery, and omentum with marked ascites, mesenteric nodules, and renal involvement. Positron emission tomography (PET)/CT scan identified additional tumor within the pleura. PET/CT imaging was helpful in identifying the appropriate pleural mass biopsy site in this patient with Burkitt lymphoma.
From the Department of Nuclear Medicine, the First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China.
Received for publication October 16, 2010; revision accepted December 31, 2010.
Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation (Number 30970856), the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (863 Program, Number 2008AA02Z430), and Sun Yat-sen University (Number 18901205).
Reprints: Ganghua Tang, MD, PhD, Department of Nuclear Medicine, the First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510080, China. E-mail: email@example.com.