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We report the case of a pulmonary neuroendocrine tumor (NET) incidentally detected by F-CH PET/CT performed during restaging in a 68-year-old patient affected by prostate cancer. To clarify the nature of the pulmonary lesion, the patient underwent a CT-guided biopsy which revealed the presence of a pulmonary NET. A subsequent Ga-DOTANOC PET/CT demonstrated the somatostatin receptor expression in the pulmonary lesion. The patient underwent a right lung lobectomy; at pathology, a well-differentiated NET was confirmed. Our case highlights that pulmonary NETs should be considered in the differential diagnosis of pulmonary lesions showing uptake of radiolabeled choline.


Giorgio Treglia, Filippo Lococo, Gianluigi Petrone, Frediano Inzani, Germano Perotti, Venanzio Porziella, Pierluigi Granone, Guido Rindi, Alessandro Giordano, Vittoria Rufini. Pulmonary neuroendocrine tumor incidentally detected by (18)F-CH PET/CT. Clinical nuclear medicine. 2013 Apr;38(4):e196-9

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PMID: 23446117

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