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Positron emission tomography using 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose for the evaluation of residual Hodgkin's disease mediastinal masses

Panizo C, Pérez-Salazar M, Bendandi M, Rodríguez-Calvillo M, Boán JF, García-Velloso MJ, Richter J, Rocha E.
Department of Hematology, University Clinic, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain

Magazine: Leukemia and Lymphoma

Date: Sep 1, 2004

Nuclear Medicine [SP] Hematología y Hemoterapia [SP]

Given its obvious prognostic implications, the correct interpretation of the significance of any residual mediastinal mass following Hodgkin's disease (HD) treatment keeps maintaining its paramount importance. In this respect, 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (PET) is proving very effective for both active disease detection and relapse prediction.

Twenty-nine consecutive HD patients, in whom computed tomography (CT) scan performed after therapy completion had documented a residual mediatinal mass of at least 2 cm, prospectively entered the study and underwent PET within 1 week from CT scan. With a median follow-up of 28 months from PET execution, no relapse was recorded among the 17 patients presenting with a negative PET. On the contrary, 9 of the 12 patients presenting with a positive PET relapsed/progressed within one year from PET execution. PET's negative and positive predictive values at 1 year were 100% and 75%, respectively. A negative PET seems to possibly exclude relapse in HD patient with a residual mediastinal mass.

On the contrary, a positive PET result indicates a significantly higher risk of relapse. However, due to possible false positive results, a closer follow-up for all and a pathologic study in few selected patients is warranted.

CITATION  Leuk Lymphoma. 2004 Sep;45(9):1829-33

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