Pneumococcal aortitis, report of a case with emphasis on the contribution to diagnosis of positron emission tomography using fluorinated deoxyglucose.
SourceClinical Microbiology and Infection, 9, 1, (2003), pp. 73-76
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Clinical Microbiology and Infection
SubjectEBP 3: Effective Primary Care and Public Health; UMCN 2.1: Heart, lung and circulation; UMCN 4.1: Microbial pathogenesis and host defense; UMCN 5.2: Endocrinology and reproduction
We describe an 82-year-old male with pneumococcal aortitis of the descending aorta, visualized by echocardiography and positron emission tomography using fluorinated deoxyglucose (FDG-PET). Computed tomography is considered to be the best diagnostic imaging modality in infected aortic lesions; in this case, the use of FDG-PET, which gives the opportunity to distinguish between inflammatory and non-inflammatory aortic aneurysms, made an important contribution to the diagnosis.
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