TITLE

Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma with Temporal Bone Metastasis: Beware of False Positive Result

AUTHOR(S)
Mohamad, Irfan; Zam Hashim, Hasme; Adilah Nik Othman, Nik
PUB. DATE
February 2013
SOURCE
International Medical Journal;Feb2013, Vol. 20 Issue 1, p52
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Introduction: Nasopharyngeal carcinoma often metastasizes to the bone. One of the investigations to confirm the bony metastatic lesion is by doing a bone scan. The bone involves will show an increase uptake and signal on tracer. Methodology: A review of case report was made. Result: We describe a case of an interesting finding of a 54-year-old man with a known history on NPC. On bone scan, it was noted to have a positive uptake in the left temporal bone region. After a thorough re-examination and multi-team discussion, we concluded that the uptake in the tracer was actually a false positive result. Conclusion: Clinicians dealing with NPC patients should be cautious with possibility of a false positive result on bone scans. It can lead to the change of management and cause unnecessary side effects of additional treatment to the patients.
ACCESSION #
86403346

 

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