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Intense FDG Uptake in the Muscles Due to Severe Vomiting

Liu, Jie, MD, PhD; Wang, Wei, MD, PhD; Yuan, Leilei, MD, PhD; Kan, Ying, MD; Yang, Jigang, MD, PhD

doi: 10.1097/RLU.0000000000002184
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A 22-year-old woman with acute lymphoblastic leukemia underwent FDG PET/CT to evaluate possible extramedullary disease. The patient experienced severe nausea and vomiting due to ongoing chemotherapy. The image demonstrated increased FDG uptake in multiple muscle groups, including intercostal, bilateral external oblique, internal oblique, transverse abdominal muscles, and psoas major. One week after the patient stopped vomiting, a repeated PET/CT showed much less muscle uptake.

From the Department of Nuclear Medicine, Beijing Friendship Hospital of Capital Medical University, Beijing, China.

Received for publication May 13, 2018; revision accepted May 14, 2018.

Conflicts of interest and sources of funding: J.Y. was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (no. 81771860), National Key Research and Development Plan (2017YFC0114003). L.Y. was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (no. 81601519). None declared to all other authors.

Correspondence to: Jigang Yang, MD, PhD, Beijing Friendship Hospital Affiliated to Capital Medical University, 95 Yong An Road, Xi Cheng District, Beijing, China. E-mail:

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