Multimodality imaging features in a case of bronchial carcinoid including FDG PET

Victor Shin, Peeyush Bhargava, Jeffrey Brown, Elizabeth D. Ames, Patrick Kang

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Background: Pulmonary carcinoid tumors are rare, low-grade neuroendocrine malignancies which comprise 1-2% of all lung neoplasms. Approximately 80% of carcinoid tumors occur in the central airways and present clinically as obstructive pneumonia or hemoptysis. Experience with F18 FDG PET to image pulmonary carcinoid tumors is limited. Case Report: A 67 year old woman presented with two episodes of hemoptysis within one month. A whole body FDG PET scan was performed in addition to a contrast enhanced chest CT, a whole body In111 octreotide scan, and quantitative lung perfusion scan during the diagnostic evaluation. An endobronchial lesion was discovered and the patient underwent a successful resection of the right middle and lower lobes. The histopathology of the lesion was consistent with a typical carcinoid tumor. Conclusions: We describe multimodality imaging findings along with the histopathology and a review of the literature, focusing on the role of FDG PET in the management of patients with bronchial carcinoid tumors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)CS4-CS8
JournalMedical Science Monitor
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Octreotide
  • Pulmonary carcinoid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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