False-positive FDG-PET scan secondary to lipoid pneumonia mimicking a solid pulmonary nodule

Babak Mokhlesi*, David Angulo-Zereceda, Vahid Yaghmai

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Fluoro-2-deoxy-d-glucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) scanning is useful in evaluating suspicious lesions of the lung. Our patient was a 65-year-old woman with a 45-pack-year smoking history who was referred for further evaluation because of a 3 cm × 3 cm solid lung nodule on computed tomography scan of the chest. FDG-PET scan revealed a standard uptake value of 3.2 suggestive of malignancy. The histology of the lung nodule was consistent with lipoid pneumonia, a benign condition frequently associated with inadvertent aspiration or inhalation of oily substances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)411-414
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Nuclear Medicine
Volume21
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007

Keywords

  • FDG-PET scan
  • Lipoid pneumonia
  • Lung mass

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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