|Year : 2019 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 169-170
Rare presentation of metastatic endometrioid adenocarcinoma of uterus mimicking as second primary in urinary bladder on 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron-emission tomography/computed tomography
Abhishek Sharma1, Shelvin Kumar Vadi1, Ashwani Sood1, Uttam Kumar Mete2, Nandita Kakkar3, Rakesh Kumar Vashishta3, Bhagwant Rai Mittal1
1 Department of Nuclear Medicine, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
2 Department of Urology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
3 Department of Histopathology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
|Date of Web Publication||8-Apr-2019|
Dr. Ashwani Sood
Department of Nuclear Medicine, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh - 160 012
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
| Abstract|| |
We present a case of endometrioid carcinoma metastasis in the bladder mimicking as the second primary of urinary bladder on 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron-emission tomography/computed tomography (18F-FDG PET/CT). The presentations of bladder lesions on 18F-FDG PET/CT are varied, and rare presentations of common malignancies can pose a significant diagnostic challenge as in the index case and highlight the importance of histopathological examination to confirm any unusual FDG uptake confounding the diagnosis.
Keywords: 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron-emission tomography/computed tomography, endometrioid carcinoma, second primary, urinary bladder
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Sharma A, Vadi SK, Sood A, Mete UK, Kakkar N, Vashishta RK, Mittal BR. Rare presentation of metastatic endometrioid adenocarcinoma of uterus mimicking as second primary in urinary bladder on 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron-emission tomography/computed tomography. Indian J Nucl Med 2019;34:169-70
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Sharma A, Vadi SK, Sood A, Mete UK, Kakkar N, Vashishta RK, Mittal BR. Rare presentation of metastatic endometrioid adenocarcinoma of uterus mimicking as second primary in urinary bladder on 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron-emission tomography/computed tomography. Indian J Nucl Med [serial online] 2019 [cited 2023 Mar 31];34:169-70. Available from: https://www.ijnm.in/text.asp?2019/34/2/169/255606
| Case Report|| |
A 69-year-old female presented with a 3-month history of painless vaginal bleeding. Initial pelvic ultrasonography revealed hypoechoic lesions (likely fibroids) in the anterior and posterior walls of the body of the uterus and additional lobulated hypoechoic lesions in the left lateral wall of the urinary bladder. A whole-body 18 F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron-emission tomography/computed tomography (18 F-FDG PET/CT) done for characterization and staging revealed intense tracer uptake in the heterogeneously enhancing soft-tissue lesion in the body and fundus of the uterus [Figure 1]a, [Figure 1]b, [Figure 1]c. In addition, there were intensely FDG-avid heterogeneously enhancing soft-tissue lesions in the left posterolateral and posterior wall of the urinary bladder with one of them showing loss of fat planes with the uterine cervix giving the impression of second primary malignancy of urinary bladder with cervical infiltration [Figure 1]d and [Figure 1]e. Intense tracer uptake was also noted in few enlarged peripancreatic, mesenteric, precaval, aortocaval, retrocaval, and bilateral external iliac lymph nodes. With a provisional diagnosis of second malignancy in the urinary bladder, the patient underwent transurethral resection of bladder tumor (TURBT). However, histopathology revealed the presence of metastatic endometrioid adenocarcinoma [Figure 2]a and [Figure 2]b.
|Figure 1: 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron-emission tomography/computed tomography showing intense fluorodeoxyglucose uptake in the heterogeneously enhancing soft-tissue lesion in the body and fundus of the uterus highlighted with arrow (Maximum intensity projection (MIP); a, axial fused positron-emission tomography computed tomography; b and axial computed tomography; c). fluorodeoxyglucose avid wall thickening in the left posterolateral wall of the urinary bladder (broken arrow in axial fused positron-emission tomography computed tomography; d and axial contrast-enhanced computed tomography; e)|
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|Figure 2: Low- (a) and high-power (b) photomicrographs from the transurethral resection of bladder tumor chips shows a complex glandular pattern lined by columnar cells with elongated vesicular nuclei with prominent nucleoli, consistent with a diagnosis of metastatic endometrioid carcinoma|
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| Discussion|| |
Endometrial carcinoma is a common malignancy of female genital tract with an increasing incidence in the postmenopausal women., Local recurrence and distant metastases from advanced endometrial carcinoma, even after surgical resection, are known to occur in the pelvis, pelvic and paraaortic lymph nodes, peritoneum, and lungs. Supradiaphragmatic lymph nodes, liver, adrenals, brain, and soft tissues are the uncommon sites for metastases. In advanced cases, it may rarely involve the bladder and bowel mucosa also. Urinary bladder involvement in endometroid carcinoma is a rare entity resulting from direct extension, metastasis, or malignant transformation of endometriosis., This case showcased a diagnostic conundrum of an endometrial neoplasm metastatic to the bladder giving an initial impression of a second primary urothelial malignancy on imaging.18 F-FDG PET/CT is a very sensitive oncological imaging modality with ever-increasing role in genitourinary malignancies. The unusual presentations have been recognized with improved imaging. Few of imaging limitations and pitfalls are encountered, and some of them had been addressed.,, However, in the index case, subsequent TURBT and histopathological examination revealed the features of nonurological endometroid adenocarcinoma. Thus, this case emphasizes the diagnostic challenges posed by rare presentations of certain malignancies on 18 F-FDG PET/CT and the importance of histopathological examination to ascertain the accurate diagnosis and management in such cases.
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