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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 269-270  

Tektrotyd scan showing a diffuse bone metastasis in patient with a neuroendocrine pancreatic tumor

1 Department of Nuclear Medicine, Military Hospital of Tunis, Tunis, Tunisia
2 Department of Nuclear Medicine, Hannibal International Clinic, Tunis, Tunisia

Date of Submission31-Jan-2020
Date of Acceptance26-Feb-2020
Date of Web Publication01-Jul-2020

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ali Sellem
Department of Nuclear Medicine, Military Hospital of Tunis, Tunis
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DOI: 10.4103/ijnm.IJNM_17_20

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A 65-year-old woman presented with a neuroendocrine pancreatic head tumor and known liver and bone metastasis. We performed Tc-99m-tektrotyd scintigraphy on this patient, which showed more developed diffuse bone metastases, in addition to the known lesions.

Keywords: Bone marrow metastasis, neuroendocrine tumor, pancreatic tumor, somatostatinreceptor scintigraphy

How to cite this article:
Sellem A, Mahjoub Y, Elajmi W, Hammami H. Tektrotyd scan showing a diffuse bone metastasis in patient with a neuroendocrine pancreatic tumor. Indian J Nucl Med 2020;35:269-70

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Sellem A, Mahjoub Y, Elajmi W, Hammami H. Tektrotyd scan showing a diffuse bone metastasis in patient with a neuroendocrine pancreatic tumor. Indian J Nucl Med [serial online] 2020 [cited 2022 Jan 24];35:269-70. Available from:

A 65-year-old woman with pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (NET) who has hepatic and skeletal metastases discovered with contrast-enhanced computed tomography. The patient underwent two full-body scans acquired 15 min and 3 h after intravenous injection of 740 MBq (20 mCi) of 99m Tc-ethylenediammonium diacetate- tricine-hydrazinonicotinamide-Tyr0- octreotide (Tektrotyd) which showing an intense uptake in the area of the head pancreatic mass, in the liver metastasis [Figure 1] and in diffuse bone metastasis interesting the axial and peripheral skeleton [Figure 2].
Figure 1: Single-photon emission computed tomography-computed tomography (TEKTROTYD) showing an intense uptake in the area of the head pancreatic mass (upper image) and a large metastasis in the liver segment VI (lower image)

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Figure 2: Whole-body scan (anterior and posterior) diffuse bone metastasis

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Pancreatic NETs are rare neoplasms that develop from the endocrine tissues of the pancreas. The reported incidence of 0.0003% to 0.001% of all cancers.[1],[2],[3] This incidence has been increasing throughout the world over the past two decades.[3],[4] About 32%–73% of cases are metastatic at the moment of diagnosis.[4],[5] The most common site of metastatic disease involvement for pancreatic NET is the liver.[6],[7],[8] Only 6%–13% of pancreatic NET patients will demonstrate skeletal metastasis.[9],[10] Diffuse bone metastases in the entire axial and appendicular skeleton, as the case of our patient, are rare.[9],[10],[11],[12],[13],[14] The European NET Society consensus guidelines recommend the use of both anatomic imaging, i.e. magnetic resonance imaging and functional whole-body imaging methods, including bone scintigraphy and somatostatin receptor scintigraphy (SRS), for the detection of bone metastases.[15] In the last few decades, the superior value of positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) over SRS in the diagnosis of NENs, particularly after the introduction of 68Ga-DOTA-peptides that specifically bind to somatostatin receptors, has been widely demonstrated.[16] In our department, we do not have PET/CT that is why we use tektrotyd.

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