Fifteen months after implantation of a Jarvik 2000 left ventricle assistance device, a 60-year-old man developed infection at the percutaneous retroauricular skull-mounted pedestal. PET/CT demonstrated hypermetabolism in the left cutaneous retroauricular pedestal, on the thoracic internal cable, and in the left lung. A second F-18 FDG PET/CT performed after 3 months of antibiotic treatment showed minimal residual hypermetabolism around the proximal and cervical internal cable. The pedestal was then replaced and a third PET/CT scan 3 months after the completion of antibiotic treatment was entirely normal. F-18 FDG PET/CT scan may be useful for monitoring infection in patients with left ventricle assistance device.
From the *Nuclear Medicine Department, †Radiology Department, and ‡Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Department, CHU Côte de Nacre, Caen, France.
Received for publication January 20, 2011; revision accepted February 20, 2011.
Conflicts of interest and sources of funding: none declared.
Reprints: Sylvie Costo, MD, CHU Caen, Nuclear Medicine Department, CHU Côte de Nacre, 14 033 Caen Cedex 9, France. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.