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CASE REPORT
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 240-242

Presentation of unusual tracheal metastasis on Fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography after 9 years in postnephrectomy patient of renal cell carcinoma: A case report and review of literature


1 Department of Nuclear Medicine, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India
2 Department of Histopathology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India
3 Department of Pulmonary Medicine, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India

Correspondence Address:
Ashwani Sood
Department of Nuclear Medicine, PGIMER, Chandigarh - 160 012
India
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DOI: 10.4103/1450-1147.207280

PMID: 28670185

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Tracheal metastases from renal cell carcinoma (RCC) are extremely rare. Most common primary malignancy metastasizing to this unusual location usually comes from lung region while it is rare to have tracheal metastases from nonpulmonary malignancies such as breast, thyroid, colorectal carcinoma, and melanoma. The lesions detected on fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (F-18 FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) scan, especially in the head and neck region, soft tissue, and muscular compartment during follow-up of RCC patients raise the possibility of metastatic lesions in these regions, though rarely encountered. F-18 FDG PET/CT proved to be a valuable noninvasive imaging tool in detecting the very unusual distant metastases and multisystem involvement many years after nephrectomy in RCC in a single session in the present case.


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