Axillary metastasis is not a common finding in papillary carcinoma. 18F-FDG can detect foci of metastasis in patients with negative 131I scan. We report a case of a 64-year-old man who had undergone thyroidectomy and 131I ablation due to classic type of papillary carcinoma 14 years ago. Follow-up examination revealed high serum thyroglobulin and negative whole body 131I scan. 18F-FDG PET/CT showed focally increased uptake in right axillary as well as supraclavicular and bilateral cervical lymph nodes. Histopathological examination of the surgically removed lymph nodes confirmed the metastasis of papillary thyroid carcinoma.