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Primary Spinal Poorly Differentiated Neuroendocrine Tumor Displayed on FDG PET/CT

Shen, Guohua MD*; Ma, Huan MS; Pan, Lili MS*; Su, Minggang MD*; Kuang, Anren MD*

doi: 10.1097/RLU.0000000000002631
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18F-FDG PET/CT imaging provides valuable information in the evaluation and staging of spinal tumors. Herein, we report the case of a 57-year-old man who presented with a sudden paraplegia below the fifth thoracic vertebra due to cord compression of a spinal lesion. After spinal canal decompression and spinal lesion biopsy, the diagnosis was a poorly differentiated neuroendocrine tumor. Subsequent PET/CT revealed that it was a primary site, showing intense FDG uptake. He was eventually referred for palliative radiotherapy.

From the *Department of Nuclear Medicine, Laboratory of Clinical Nuclear Medicine, West China Hospital of Sichuan University

Sichuan New Radiopharmaceuticals Technology Co, Ltd, Chengdu, People's Republic of China.

Received for publication March 4, 2019; revision accepted April 10, 2019.

Conflicts of interest and sources of funding: This study was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant no. 81471692), Sichuan Science and Technology Program (grant no. 2018HH0081) and Post-Doctor Research Project, West China Hospital, Sichuan University (Grant No. 18HXBH070). None declared to all authors.

Correspondence to: Anren Kuang, MD, Department of Nuclear Medicine, West China Hospital of Sichuan University, No. 37 Guoxue Alley, Chengdu, 610041, China. E-mail:

Online date: May 17, 2019

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