F-18 FDG PET in spinal cord pilocytic astrocytoma

Pei Shan Wu, Wei Jen Yao

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A 3-year-old boy presented with a rare case of spinal cord pilocytic astrocytoma. Total removal of the spinal cord tumor was impossible and chemotherapy was chosen for adjunctive therapy. He was given a craniotomy, temozolomide, and chemotherapy. Despite high overall response rates to chemotherapy in low-grade astrocytomas, MRI showed no significant tumor regression. An F-18 FDG PET/CT to evaluate treatment response showed an elongated hypermetabolic spinal cord tumor from C1 to T7. Intense FDG uptake indicated a significant residual pilocytic astrocytoma. Because of his poor response to chemotherapy, the patient was referred for radiotherapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)649-650
Number of pages2
JournalClinical Nuclear Medicine
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Aug

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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