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Eur Radiol. 2001;11(12):2472-8. Epub 2001 Mar 17.

Warthin's tumor of parotid gland on Tc-99m pertechnetate scintigraphy with lemon juice stimulation: Tc-99m uptake, size, and pathologic correlation.

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Department of Radiology, Oita Medical University, 1-1, Idaigaoka, Hasama-machi, Oita, 879-5593, Japan. miyakeh@oita-med.ac.jp

Abstract

The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of technetium-99m (Tc-99m) pertechnetate scintigraphy with lemon juice stimulation in the diagnosis of Warthin's tumor and its correlation with Tc-99m uptake, tumor size, and histologic subtype. Tc-99m pertechnetate scintigraphy before and after lemon juice stimulation and pathologic specimens of 34 Warthin's tumors and 47 non-Warthin's lesions were retrospectively evaluated. Tc-99m uptake of Warthin's tumors before and after stimulation was visually graded as follows: absent; indeterminate; low grade; definite; and strong. Tumor size was defined as maximum diameter of the tumor measured from the surgical specimen. Warthin's tumors were classified into three histologic subtypes according to the ratio of epithelial and lymphoid stromal components: predominant epithelial; intermediate; and low-grade epithelial types. Eighteen of 34 (53%) Warthin's tumors and one benign lymphoepithelial cyst showed higher uptake than that of the normal parotid gland on Tc-99m scintigraphy before lemon juice stimulation. Thirty-two of the 34 (94%) Warthin's tumors, one benign lymphoepithelial cyst, one pleomorphic adenoma, and one oncocytoma revealed higher uptake than that of the normal parotid gland on Tc-99m scintigraphy after lemon juice stimulation. The mean size was 37 mm in strong uptake Warthin's tumors, 24 mm in definite uptake tumors, 19 mm in low-grade uptake tumors, and 12 mm in low-grade uptake tumors excluding those tumors with large cystic component. There was a significant correlation between tumor size and degree of Tc-99m uptake after lemon juice stimulation. However, there was no correlation between histologic subtype and Tc-99m uptake, and histologic subtype and tumor size in Warthin's tumors. Our study concludes that Tc-99m pertechnetate scintigraphy with lemon juice stimulation is useful for the detection and diagnosis of Warthin's tumor. The degree of uptake in Warthin's tumor on Tc-99m scintigraphy with lemon juice stimulation depends mainly on tumor size and the presence of large cystic component in it.

PMID:
11734943
DOI:
10.1007/s003300100839
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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