Detection of Esophageal Tuberculosis, a Rare Cause of Abdominal Pain, on 18F-FDG PET/CT

Tarun Kumar Jain, Hemant Malhotra, Subhash Nepalia, Ganesh Narayan Saxena

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Abstract

The esophagus is rarely affected by Mycobacterium A 75-y-old man presented with upper abdominal pain and significant weight loss for 2 mo. Contrast-enhanced CT, upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, and abdominal vessel angiography gave normal results. To clarify the facts, 18F-FDG PET/CT was performed, revealing an 18F-FDG-avid lesion in the posterior wall of the lower thoracic esophagus. On endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration of this lesion, puslike material was released. On microscopic examination, acid-fast bacilli were noted. The patient then began receiving standard antitubercular therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-180
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Nuclear Medicine Technology
Volume52
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 5 Jun 2024
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • 18F-FDG PET/CT
  • endoscopic ultrasound
  • esophageal tuberculosis

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