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Gen Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2007 Nov;55(11):470-2.

Pulmonary Paragonimus westermani with false-positive fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography mimicking primary lung cancer.

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  • 1Department of Chest Surgery, Saiseikai Fukuoka General Hospital, 1-3-46 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka 810-0001, Japan.


We report the case of a 66-year-old woman with pulmonary Paragoniumus westermani showing false-positive fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomograpy (FDG-PET). Based on chest computed tomography and FDG-PET findings, we could not rule out the possibility of primary lung cancer. She underwent right middle and lower lobectomies as a primary lung cancer. As a possibility in the differential diagnosis of a pulmonary nodule with FDG-PET positive findings, paragonimiasis should be considered, although it is rarely seen.

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