18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (F-18 FDG-PET) plays an important role in differentiating benign from malignant tumors. However, some false-positive findings, such as tuberculosis, may occur. We report a case referred for F-18 FDG whole-body PET computed tomography (PET/CT) scan owing to an elevated serum cancer antigen 125 (CA125). An FDG-PET/CT scan showed multiple hypermetabolic foci in the mesentery and peritoneum with further increase of FDG uptake on the delayed scan, mimicking peritoneal carcinomatosis. Subsequent laparoscopic biopsy showed granulomatous inflammation, and tuberculosis polymerase chain reaction showed a positive result. Serum CA125 returned to normal following treatment with anti-tuberculosis drugs. Peritoneal tuberculosis should be considered as a differential diagnosis in a tuberculosis endemic region.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging