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99mTc Sodium Pertechnetate Uptake in Ectopic Mediastinal Thyroid Tissue on Hybrid Thyroid Scintigraphy

Siddique, Maimoona, MBBS (KEMU), FCPS (NM), CBNC (EU), FANMB*; Bashir, Humayun, FCPS, FEBNM, FRCP

doi: 10.1097/RLU.0000000000002201
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Ectopic thyroid is a rare/incidental imaging finding. When discovered, 90% of ectopic thyroid is found typically along the pathway of embryologic migration of thyroid tissue, whereas around 10% have been discovered in other anatomical locations including the mediastinum and the heart. Thyroid scintigraphy with 99mTc sodium pertechnetate (TcO4) is peculiar for thyroid tissue uptake. The current case, clinically euthyroid, had heterogeneous uptake in multinodular goiter with uptake in the ectopic thyroid tissue in right paratracheal location on functional imaging with TcO4. Subsequent single photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography (SPECT/CT) imaging confirmed the ectopic thyroid tissue.

From the *Department of Nuclear Medicine, Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute & Research Centre (PKLI & RC), Lahore; and

Nuclear Medicine Department, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre, Lahore, Pakistan.

Received for publication March 8, 2018; revision accepted May 31, 2018.

Conflicts of interest and sources of funding: none declared.

Correspondence to: Maimoona Siddique, MBBS (KEMU), FCPS (NM), CBNC (EU), FANMB, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute & Research Centre (PKLI & RC), 1 PKLI Avenue, Opposite DHA Phase 6, Knowledge City, Sector E, Lahore 45000, Pakistan. E-mail:

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