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      Axillary lymph node metastasis of papillary thyroid carcinoma detected by FDG PET/CT in a thyroglobulin-positive patient with negative whole-body 131I scan.

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          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.

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          Journal
          Clin Nucl Med
          Clinical nuclear medicine
          1536-0229
          0363-9762
          Nov 2012
          : 37
          : 11
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Nuclear Medicine Department, Gaziantep University, Gaziantep, Turkey.
          Article
          10.1097/RLU.0b013e318266cce9
          22996245

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