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CASE REPORT
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 305-308

18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography in the diagnosis of a rare mycotic aneurysm of the thoracic aorta in a patient with fever of unknown origin


1 Department of Radiology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO, USA
2 Radiology Specialists of Florida, Nuclear Medicine Section, Maitland, FL, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Jennifer J Kwak
Department of Radiology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, 12401 E 17th Ave., Mailstop L954, Aurora, CO 80045
USA
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DOI: 10.4103/wjnm.WJNM_64_20

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Fever of unknown origin (FUO) is a condition with high mortality that often presents a diagnostic challenge to clinicians. We present the case of a patient with FUO who was discovered to have a rare mycotic aneurysm of the thoracic aorta by 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography imaging. Mycotic aneurysm, also known as an infected aneurysm, is a highly lethal condition due to the risk of sepsis and aneurysmal rupture. While unusual to present in this manner, it is of utmost importance to promptly recognize a mycotic aneurysm as a potential diagnosis because initiation of treatment is critical in reversing the natural history of the disease.


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