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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 374-376

Case of carcinoma breast with unusually large tumor thrombus in superior vena cava detected on 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography computed tomography scan


St. Gregorios International Cancer Care Centre, Pathanamthitta, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
Arun Sasikumar
St. Gregorios International Cancer Care Centre, Parumala, Pathanamthitta - 689 626, Kerala
India
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DOI: 10.4103/ijnm.IJNM_88_17

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A 60-year-old female with triple negative breast cancer, postsurgery, neoadjuvant chemotherapy and radiotherapy, on follow-up had facial puffiness and giddiness. 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (18F-FDG PET/CT) done for suspected recurrence evaluation revealed a large tumor thrombus (TT) in superior vena cava (SVC) with radiological evidence of SVC obstruction. 18F-FDG PET/CT also showed evidence of FDG avid brain metastases, lymph nodal metastases, and metastatic soft tissue deposits. This case of unusually large TT in SVC detected on 18F-FDG PET/CT highlights the ability of 18F-FDG PET/CT to identify TT and clearly demonstrate the pattern of disease in suspected recurrence in triple negative breast cancer patients.


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