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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 59-61

Melioidosis presenting as septic arthritis: The role of F-18 fludeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography in diagnosis and management

Department of Nuclear Medicine, Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Sreedevi Sethumadhavan Nair
Department of Nuclear Medicine, MSH, Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bommasandra Industrial Area, Anekal Taluk, Bengaluru - 560 099, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/ijnm.IJNM_132_20

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Melioidosis, caused by the soil saprophyte Burkholderia pseudomallei, is a great mimicker. With its wide variety of presentations which are often nonspecific, a good clinical suspicion is required for the timely diagnosis of the disease. F-18 fludeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) has a well-established role in the diagnosis and management of various infective diseases. Given the multifocal nature of this disease, we believe that F-18 FDG PET/CT has a definite role in improving the management of melioidosis. Here, we discuss a case of melioidosis presenting as septic arthritis and the role of F-18 FDG PET/CT in the management of the disease.

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