Trousseau Syndrome and the Unknown Cancer: Use of Positron Emission Tomographic Imaging in a Patient With a Paraneoplastic Syndrome

Batsis, John A.; Morgenthaler, Timothy I.
April 2005
Mayo Clinic Proceedings;Apr2005, Vol. 80 Issue 4, p537
Academic Journal
Trousseau syndrome is defined as a migratory thrombophlebitis found typically in patients with an underlying malignancy. Conventional diagnostic testing and imaging can be used to successfully diagnose a primary malignancy inapproximately 85% to 95% of patients. However, along with a comprehensive medical history and physical examinations numerous tests are frequently required, including blood tests, tumor markers, chest radiography, upper endoscopy, and computed tomography of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis. We present a case in which positron emission tomographic imaging was important for diagnosing the malignancy underlying Trousseau syndrome. Position emission tomography may play an important role in the efficient evaluation of such cases.


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