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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 277-279

Diffuse pulmonary uptake of bone-seeking radiotracer in bone scintigraphy of a rare case of pulmonary alveolar microlithiasis

Research Center for Nuclear Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

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Bahar Moasses Ghafary
Research Center for Nuclear Medicine, Shariati Hospital, North Kargar Ave., 1411713135, Tehran
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-3919.158548

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Pulmonary alveolar microlithiasis (PAM) is a rare diffuse pulmonary disease representing microliths formed by deposition of calcium phosphonate in the alveolar airspaces. PAM is often diagnosed incidentally during chest X-ray imaging. Most of them are asymptomatic. We present a 39-year-old man referring for a bone scan due to a complaint of right leg pain. Bone scan showed diffuse uptake of bone-seeking radiotracer on both lung fields predominantly in basal regions. The bronchoalveolar lavage test confirmed the diagnosis of PAM.

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