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CASE REPORT
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 283-285

Fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: A new ray of hope!


1 Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Topiwala National Medical College and B. Y. L. Nair Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Radiation Medicine Centre (BARC), Tata Memorial Hospital Annexe, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Jyotsna M Joshi
Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Topiwala National Medical College and B. Y. L. Nair Hospital, Mumbai - 400 008, Maharashtra
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-3919.187456

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Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive interstitial lung disease with median survival of 2–3 years. It is described as fibroproliferative rather than pro-inflammatory disorder with limited treatment options. IPF diagnostics and therapeutics are a hot topic of current research. We describe a case elaborating the utility of the whole body positron emission tomography with 2-deoxy-2-(fluorine-18) fluoro-D-glucose (F-18 FDG) integrated with computed tomography technique in IPF. The area of most intense pulmonary F--18 FDG uptake corresponded to regions of honeycombing suggesting metabolically active disease amenable to pharmacologic intervention. Additional F--18 FDG uptake was seen in mediastinal nodes implying an extrapulmonary component of disease.


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