F-18 FDG PET/CT imaging of a parapharyngeal hemangioma

Devaki S. Surasi, Sara Meibom, Gregory Grillone, Rathan M. Subramaniam

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Tumors of the parapharyngeal space (PPS) are uncommon, comprising 0.5% of all head and neck neoplasms. Hemangiomas are responsible for <1% of all such tumors occurring in the PPS. We present the case report of a 55-year-old woman who presented with sensorineural hearing loss. She was evaluated with an magnetic resonance imaging, which showed an incidental finding of a mass in the right PPS. Tagged red blood cell scan showed increased and progressive attenuation in the lesion, which is diagnostic of hemangioma. PET/CT showed minimal background uptake. This added confidence to the diagnosis, and thus avoided an invasive biopsy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)612-613
Number of pages2
JournalClinical nuclear medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2010


  • F-18 FDG PET/CT scan
  • MRA
  • Tc-99 tagged RBC scan
  • parapharyngeal hemangioma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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