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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 520-522

18F-FDG-PET/CT in a patient with suspected recurrence of germ cell tumor

PET/CT center, IRMET SpA Euromedic, Via Onorato Vigliani 89/A, 10138, Torino, Italy

Correspondence Address:
Daniele Penna
Via Onorato Vigliani 89, Torino
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0973-1482.119368

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At present, the available clinical practice guidelines for the management of patients with germ cell tumor (GCT) assign to Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan a role in the evaluation of the residual mass at the end of the treatment of advanced seminoma, while a possible role of this tool in the strategy of follow-up has not been defined yet. We are presenting a case of a patient treated for a GCT with an increase of the marker levels during the follow-up where a PET/CT with 18F-FDG was the only noninvasive examination able to correctly identify the site of disease recurrence. This case shows how this tool could have a role, in addition to morphological examinations, in the management of patients with GCT during the follow-up.

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