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Gallium SPECT/CT for Permanent Catheter Infection

Chuang, Tzyy-Ling MD*; Wang, Yuh-Feng PhD*†

doi: 10.1097/RLU.0000000000000330
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We present a case of permanent catheter infection demonstrated by gallium SPECT/CT. The patient is a 71-year-old woman with a history of end-stage renal disease under hemodialysis via permanent catheter due to arteriovenous graft occlusion. This time, she had fever, chills, and leukocytosis. Whole-body gallium scan showed uptake to the right clavicular region, and the SPECT/CT study showed that the uptake area was localized to the catheter line of the right neck permanent catheter. Culture of the removed catheter grew coagulase-negative staphylococci.

From the *Department of Nuclear Medicine, Buddhist Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital, Chiayi; †School of Medicine, Tzu Chi University, Hualien, Taiwan.

Received for publication May 17, 2013; revision accepted November 11, 2013.

Conflicts of interest and sources of funding: none declared.

Reprints: Yuh-Feng Wang, MD, PhD, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Buddhist Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital, No 2, Minsheng Rd, Dalin Township, Chiayi 622, Taiwan. E-mail:

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