|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 172-173
Herniated urinary bladder detected on18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron-emission tomography/computed tomography scan imitating as18F-fluorodeoxyglucose avid lesion
Nitin Gupta, Ritu Verma, Ethel Shangne Belho
Department of Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT, Mahajan Imaging Centre, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India
|Date of Submission||12-Jan-2020|
|Date of Acceptance||16-Jan-2020|
|Date of Web Publication||12-Mar-2020|
Dr. Nitin Gupta
Department of Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT, Mahajan Imaging Centre, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi - 110 060
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
| Abstract|| |
Inguinal hernia is a common pathology seen in the general population. However, the presence of herniated urinary bladder in the inguinal canal is a rare condition. Most cases are asymptomatic and are detected incidentally either during surgery or on imaging. Here, we present a report, where a patient, diagnosed case of carcinoma esophagus, was referred for staging18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron-emission tomography/computed tomography (FDG PET/CT) scan and revealed FDG uptake in the right inguinal canal, other than primary and metastatic lesions and corresponding CT and fused PET/CT images revealed herniated urinary bladder in the inguinal canal.
Keywords: 18FDG PET-CT scan, inguinal hernia, urinary bladder
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Gupta N, Verma R, Belho ES. Herniated urinary bladder detected on18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron-emission tomography/computed tomography scan imitating as18F-fluorodeoxyglucose avid lesion. Indian J Nucl Med 2020;35:172-3
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Gupta N, Verma R, Belho ES. Herniated urinary bladder detected on18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron-emission tomography/computed tomography scan imitating as18F-fluorodeoxyglucose avid lesion. Indian J Nucl Med [serial online] 2020 [cited 2022 Aug 10];35:172-3. Available from: https://www.ijnm.in/text.asp?2020/35/2/172/280460
A 55-year-old male patient, recently diagnosed case of carcinoma esophagus, was referred for staging 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron-emission tomography/computed tomography (FDG PET/CT) scan. MIP image [Figure 1]a showed few foci of FDG uptake in whole body. FDG-avid primary lesion [Figure 1]b, [Figure 1]c, [Figure 1]d was localized in the distal esophagus and FDG-avid metastatic lesions were appreciated in the right lung and liver. Apart from these, a large lobulated FDG-avid focus was visualized in the right inguinal region. On correlating with corresponding CT and fused PET/CT axial and sagittal views [Figure 1]e, [Figure 1]f, [Figure 1]g, [Figure 1]h, [Figure 1]i, [Figure 1]j, the FDG avid focus in the right inguinal region was found to be of fluid density on CT, continuous with the urinary bladder, thus confirming the FDG uptake as the herniated urinary bladder in the right inguinal canal.
|Figure 1: Maximum intensity projection (a) of whole-body18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron-emission tomography/computed tomography scan showing18F-fluorodeoxyglucose uptake in the right inguinal canal in addition to18F-fluorodeoxyglucose-avid lesions in primary and metastatic sites. Axial fused positron-emission tomography/computed tomography (b), computed tomography (c), and positron-emission tomography (d) images showing18F-fluorodeoxyglucose-avid lesion in distal esophagus, corresponding to the known primary site.18F-fluorodeoxyglucose uptake in the right inguinal canal (g and j) localises to herniated urinary bladder as seen in fused positron-emission tomography/computed tomography axial (e) sagittal (h) and computed tomography axial (f) and sagittal (i) images|
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Bladder hernia represents 0.5%–3% of all lower abdominal hernias and 1%–3% of cases of all inguinal hernias and is observed in obese men between the ages of 50 and 70 years. Most of these hernias are direct and seen in the right side as seen in our case. The possible reasons of bladder hernias are bladder neck obstruction due to prostatic hypertrophy, reduced bladder tone, weak pelvic muscles, and obesity. Most cases are asymptomatic and are detected incidentally. Less than 7% of bladder hernias are diagnosed preoperatively.
In normal individuals, intense FDG uptake is observed in the kidneys, ureters, and bladders because of normal urinary excretion. The differential diagnosis of FDG uptake in the inguinal canal includes testicular cancer, inflammation and urine skin contamination artifact, metastatic lymph nodes, hernia with bowel loops as contents, and inguinal herniation of the urinary bladder. Few reports have been published previously of incidentally detected herniated urinary bladder on CT and on PET/CT scan,,,.
Here, we report an interesting case of a rare finding of incidentally detected herniated urinary bladder and also highlight the importance of keeping differentials in mind of FDG uptake in the inguinal canal and correlating axial, coronal, and sagittal images and PET image with fused PET/CT and CT images.
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