Fasciola Hepatica Mimicking Malignancy on F-18-Fluorodeoxyglucose-Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography

Surucu E., Demir Y., Dulger A. C., Batur A., Olmez S., Kitapci M. T.

MOLECULAR IMAGING AND RADIONUCLIDE THERAPY, vol.25, no.3, pp.143-146, 2016 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 25 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.4274/mirt.97759
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.143-146
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: Yes


A 48-year-old female with complaints of gastrointestinal symptoms such as abdominal pain, fatigue, vomiting, nausea, and weight loss was diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumor after removal of a 2 mm lesion from the stomach with endoscopic biopsy. Her magnetic resonance imaging that was performed due to on-going symptoms showed multiple linear hypointense lesions in the liver. Positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) scan was performed for differential diagnosis, which showed high fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake in these lesions. Clinical and laboratory findings revealed the final diagnosis as Fasciola hepatica. The imaging features of this case is presented to aid in differentiating this infectious disease from malignancy and avoid misdiagnosis on FDG-PET/CT.