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Positron emission tomography in a patient with renal malacoplakia

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Positron emission tomography is increasingly used for the diagnosis of occult infection or malignancy. The altered metabolic rate of cells in areas of malignancy or infection provides a sensitive method to identify pathology that is otherwise not identified by standard imaging methods. This case report describes a patient who presented with a pyrexia of unknown origin and renal impairment. She had a positron emission tomography scan that showed intense accumulation of fluoro-deoxy-glucose in both kidneys. Subsequent renal biopsy results showed a diagnosis of malacoplakia, the treatment of which resulted in a resolution of the fever and a stabilization of renal function. This is the first report of the positron emission tomographic appearance of renal malacoplakia.

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Author(s): Sheerin NS; Bhatacharia KF; Webb MC

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: American Journal of Kidney Diseases

Year: 2003

Volume: 42

Issue: 3

Pages: E36-39

ISSN (print): 0272-6386

ISSN (electronic): 1523-6838

Publisher: W.B. Saunders Co.


DOI: 10.1016/S0272-6386(03)00799-6

Notes: Case Reports Journal Article United States the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation


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