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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 256-258

A case of plastron appendicitis mimicking malignant cecal tumor in flourodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography/computed tomography study

1 Department of Nuclear Medicine, Afyon Kocatepe University, School of Medicine, Afyon, Turkey
2 Department of Nuclear Medicine, Akdeniz University, School of Medicine, Antalya, Turkey
3 Department of Radiology, Akdeniz University, School of Medicine, Antalya, Turkey

Correspondence Address:
Adil Boz
Department of Nuclear Medicine, Akdeniz University, School of Medicine, Antalya 07070
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-3919.151653

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In recent years, flourodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography/computed tomography (FDG PET/CT) has been used intensively in the field of oncology. However, an increase in FDG uptake has been observed both in malignant tissues, and inflammatory processes. Therefore false-positive results have appeared. We present a 70-year-old male patient who presented to the hospital with right lower quadrant pain. A right lower quadrant mass was observed with conventional methods, and PET/CT was performed which revealed a hypermetabolic mass in the right lower quadrant. The patient was referred to the surgery with a suspect malignant mass whose histopathological report indicated plastron appendicitis. Although FDG PET/CT is a reliable method in the evaluation of oncological cases, false-positivities should be taken into consideration in inflammatory processes.

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