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CASE REPORT
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 165-167

Role of 99m Tc-MDP bone scan in the diagnosis of Erdheim-Chester disease


1 Department of Nuclear Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Radiodiagnosis, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
3 Department of Nuclear Medicine Unit, Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Nishikant Damle
Department of Nuclear Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi - 110 029, Delhi
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0972-3919.136575

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Erdheim-Chester disease (ECD) is a rare systemic non-Langerhans cell histiocytosis. It is a progressive disease of unknown etiology. The 99m technetium-methylene diphosphonate ( 99m Tc-MDP) bone scan is useful in finding the sites of involvement in the skeleton and is helpful in excluding other causes of bony pain. Also a scintigraphic pattern consistent with ECD should alert the physician to evaluate the patient for visceral sites of involvement using fludeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (FDG PET/CT), as this is known to be fatal at times.


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