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Asthma as an Inflammatory Reason of Tracheobronchial PSMA Uptake

Oct 1, 2023 | Magazine: Clinical Nuclear Medicine

Ángela Bronte Viedma  1 , Juan Fernando Bastidas Tamayo  1 , Juan José Rosales Castillo  1 , Arantza Campo Ezquibela  2 , Macarena Rodriguez-Fraile  1


A 53-year-old man with persisting increased serum prostate-specific antigen level (9.53 ng/mL) and repeated negative prostate biopsies was referred for a PET/CT with 68 Ga-PSMA-11. The PET/CT revealed focal uptake in the prostate suggestive of localized prostate cancer.

Incidentally, it also showed a diffuse uptake in the tracheobronchial tree suspicious for a benign etiology. Because of the clinical history of asthma exacerbation in the previous week, further supplementary studies were performed showing a pathological fractional exhaled nitric oxide level (92 ppb; reference values, <25 ppb) and mild airway obstruction in the spirometry. These findings confirmed asthma as an inflammatory etiology of the tracheobronchial PSMA uptake.

CITATION  Clin Nucl Med. 2023 Oct 1;48(10):e494-e495. doi: 10.1097/RLU.0000000000004784.  Epub 2023 Aug 3