Spinal cord metastases from lung cancer: Detection with F-18 FDG PET/CT

Nghi C. Nguyen, Mohamed M. Sayed, Khalid Taalab, Medhat M. Osman

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Preoperative F-18 FDG PET/CT study in this 57-year-old woman showed an FDG avid lesion in the left upper lung without evidence of lymphadenopathy or distant metastasis. She underwent a left upper lobectomy in June 2005 revealing moderately poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma (pT3N0M0) and subsequent chemotherapy completed December 2005. Nine months later, a left parietal lobe metastatic lesion was surgically resected. A true whole body FDG PET/CT study in November 2006 for restaging demonstrated new FDG avid spinal cord foci, which were highly suspicious for spinal cord metastases; these lesions were confirmed by MRI. Clinically, the patient recently developed back pain without evidence of neurologic deficits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)356-358
Number of pages3
JournalClinical nuclear medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • F-18 FDG
  • Lung carcinoma
  • PET/CT
  • Spinal cord metastasis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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