Diffuse cavitary lung lesions

Mindy Grunzke, Kari Hayes, Wendy Bourland, Timothy Garrington
Pediatric Radiology 2010, 40 (2): 215-8
An 11-year-old girl presented with a 2-month history of progressively worsening cough, daily fevers, and weight loss. A chest radiograph revealed multiple cystic cavitary lung lesions. An extensive infectious work-up was negative. Chest CT verified multiple cavitary lung lesions bilaterally, and [F-18]2-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose ((18)F-FDG) positron emission tomography with CT (PET/CT) showed increased uptake in the lung lesions as well as regional lymph nodes. Subsequent biopsy of an involved lymph node confirmed classical Hodgkin lymphoma, nodular sclerosis type. This case represents an unusual presentation for a child with Hodgkin lymphoma and demonstrates a role for (18)F-FDG PET/CT in evaluating a child with cavitary lung lesions.

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