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Indian J Nucl Med. 2019 Jul-Sep;34(3):205-208. doi: 10.4103/ijnm.IJNM_66_19.

Cutaneous Metastasis from Visceral Organs: 18F-Fluorodeoxyglucose Positron Emission Tomography-Computed Tomography Scan Aiding in Localizing Primary Site.

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Department of Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT, Centre for Advanced Research in Imaging, Neuroscience and Genomics, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India.
Department of Pathology, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India.


Skin metastases are rare from systemic malignancy, and incidence reported is between 0.7% and 9% in various malignancies and usually occur in advanced stage. Here, we report three cases, one each of carcinoma esophagus, carcinoma breast, and carcinoma lung, where patients presented with metastatic cutaneous lesions and positron-emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT) scan whole body helped in localizing the primary site. Whole-body fluorodeoxyglucose PET-CT scan helps in scanning whole body at once and detect occult primary and metastatic sites.


18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron-emission tomography-computed tomography scan; carcinoma breast; carcinoma esophagus; carcinoma lung; skin metastasis

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