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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 66-67

Unusual Intense Fluorodeoxyglucose Uptake in the Intercostal Muscles Due to Severe Shortness of Breath in a Patient with Heart Failure

1 Department of Medical Imaging, University Health Network, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
2 Department of Cardiology, Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, University Health Network, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

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Masoud Shariat
Department of Medical Imaging, Toronto General Hospital, 585 University Avenue, Toronto, On M5G 2C4
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DOI: 10.4103/1450-1147.150561

PMID: 25709551

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We present a case of unusually intense Fluorodeoxyglucose uptake in the intercostal muscles during a Fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET). We hypothesized that severe left ventricular failure causing the patient to be short of breath during the study in association with insulin injection as part of study protocol led to the intense uptake of FDG in the respiratory muscles causing such an unusual appearance.

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