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Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2011 Oct;28(7):579-87. doi: 10.3109/08880018.2011.602180.

18F-fluorodeoxyglucose uptake of bone and soft tissue sarcomas in pediatric patients.

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  • 1Ahmanson Translational Imaging Division and Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, University of California-Los Angeles, CA, USA


A high (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake by positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) imaging in sarcomas of adults has been reported. The current study aimed at defining the degree of (18)F-FDG uptake of pediatric sarcomas. This retrospective study included 29 patients (23 males, 6 females; mean age 14 ± 5 years) with soft tissue (n = 9) or bone (n = 20) sarcomas. Twenty-two patients (76%) underwent (18)F-FDG PET/CT and 7 (24%) had dedicated (18)F-FDG PET studies. Tumor (18)F-FDG uptake was quantified by standard uptake value (SUV)(max) and tumor-to-liver ratios (SUV ratios; tumor SUV(max)/liver SUV(mean)). Tumor SUV(max) and SUV ratios were correlated with tumor Ki-67 expression. SUV(max) ranged from 1.4 to 24 g/mL (median 2.5 g/mL) in soft tissue sarcomas and 1.6 to 20.4 g/mL (median 6.9 g/mL) in bone sarcomas (P = .03), and from 1.6 to 9.2 g/mL (median 3.9 g/mL) and 3.5 to 20.4 g/mL (median 12 g/mL) in Ewing sarcoma and osteosarcoma, respectively (P = .009). Tumor SUV ratios ranged from 0.8 to 8.7 (median 1.9) in soft tissue sarcomas and 1.4 to 8.9 (median 3.8) in bone sarcomas (P = .08). Ewing sarcoma had a significantly lower tumor SUV ratio than osteosarcoma (P = .01). Ki-67 expression correlated significantly with the (18)F-FDG uptake in bone but not in soft tissue sarcomas. All sarcomas were visualized by (18)F-FDG PET/CT imaging. A higher (18)F-FDG uptake was observed in osteosarcoma than in Ewing and soft tissue sarcomas. The results of this study suggest that the degree of tumor (18)F-FDG uptake is sufficient to allow for monitoring of therapeutic responses in pediatric sarcomas.

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