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Eur Radiol. 2002 Dec;12 Suppl 3:S158-61. Epub 2002 Jun 25.

Diagnosis of a cardiac angiosarcoma by fluorine-18 fluordeoxyglucose positron emission tomography.

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  • 1Clinic and Policlinic for Nuclear Medicine, University of Essen, Hufelandstrasse 55, 45122 Essen, Germany.


Cardiac angiosarcoma is a rare tumour entity with a poor prognosis. Early detection is difficult but important for the further course of the disease. We report on a young patient with a tumour of unknown origin and dignity of the right atrium. Magnetic resonance imaging, CT and echocardiography were sufficient in localisation, but no statement on the dignity was possible. Furthermore, staging led to ambiguous results. Malignancy could be proved by fluorine-18 fluordeoxyglucose positron emission tomography, leading to early surgery. Histology revealed a poorly differentiated angiosarcoma.

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