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68Ga-PSMA Uptake in Escherichia coli Spondylodiscitis

Klingenberg, Søren BSc (Med)*; Jochumsen, Mads Ryø MD*; Pedersen, Bodil Ginnerup MD, PhD; Bouchelouche, Kirsten MD, DMSc*

doi: 10.1097/RLU.0000000000002752
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In a patient with recently diagnosed intermediate-risk prostate cancer, 68Ga-prostate-specific-membrane-antigen (PSMA) PET/CT for primary staging discovered increased 68Ga-PSMA uptake in spondylodiscitis in the thoracic spine. The bacteria Escherichia coli was found both in blood cultures and bone biopsies from the thoracic lesion. This case presents spondylodiscitis as a potential benign pitfall to be aware of when interpreting PSMA PET/CT in prostate cancer patients.

From the Departments of *Nuclear Medicine & PET-Centre

Radiology, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark.

Received for publication May 2, 2019; revision accepted June 16, 2019.

Conflict of interest and sources of funding: none declared.

Correspondence to: Søren Klingenberg, BSc (Med), Department of Nuclear Medicine & PET-Centre, Aarhus University Hospital, Palle Juul-Jensens Boulevard 99, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark. E-mail:

Online date: July 30, 2019

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