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Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia Presented as Back Pain and Revealed by Bone Scintigraphy

Liu, Bin MD*†; Gwal, Kriti MD; Servaes, Sabah MD; Zhuang, Hongming MD, PhD

doi: 10.1097/RLU.0b013e31828da663
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A previously healthy 8-year-old girl underwent MDP bone scintigraphy to evaluate possible spondylolysis due to worsening back pain. Unexpectedly, the bone scan images revealed intense activity in several thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, which was not consistent with spondylolysis. Further examinations proved that the patient had acute lymphocytic leukemia.

From the *Department of Nuclear Medicine, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China; and †Department of Radiology, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Philadelphia, PA.

Received for publication January 2, 2013; revision accepted January 25, 2013.

Conflicts of interest and sources of funding: none declared.

Reprints: Hongming Zhuang, MD, PhD, Department of Radiology, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 19104. E-mail:

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins