We report incidental FDG PET/CT findings of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in a patient with bacteremia. In this patient, diagnosis of thromboembolism was not considered until FDG PET/CT imaging was performed, and the findings prompted immediate anticoagulant therapy. The role of FDG PET/CT in venous thromboembolism is not yet well established, but the potential benefit must be kept in mind when interpreting FDG PET/CT images regardless of the underlying disease.
From the *Department of Nuclear Medicine, Odense University Hospital, 5000 Odense C, Denmark; and †Division of Nuclear Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
Received for publication July 6, 2012; and revision accepted November 30, 2012.
Conflicts of interest and sources of funding: none declared.
This work was performed at the Department of Nuclear Medicine, Odense University Hospital, 5000 Odense C, Denmark.
Reprints: Anne Lerberg Nielsen, MD, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Odense University Hospital, Sdr. Boulevard 29, 5000 Odense C, Denmark. E-mail: email@example.com.