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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 185-187

Lung cancer metastasis mimicking fingertip osteomyelitis: An 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography-computed tomography study

Department of Nuclear Medicine, “Ospedali Riuniti” Hospital, Ancona, Italy

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Dr. Chiara Cottignoli
Nuclear Medicine Unit, “Ospedali Riuniti Hospital”, Via Conca, 71, Ancona
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DOI: 10.4103/wjnm.WJNM_70_20

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Lung cancer commonly metastasizes to ipsilateral and contralateral lungs, to mediastinal lymph nodes, to skeletal level, to brain, and to adrenal gland. It is indeed very rare to find skeletal metastases at the extremities, especially at the onset of the disease. We share the case of a 53-year-old man with dyspnea and pain at the level of the first finger of the left hand under antibiotic treatment for suspected osteomyelitis. 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography–computed tomography showed the presence of a left lung lesion with multiple localizations at muscles and bones.

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