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Skeletal muscle uptake of fluorine-18-FDG: Effect of oral diazepam

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Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)1127-1129
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Nuclear Medicine
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1996

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We have observed a pattern of symmetrically increased uptake of [F-18]fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) in the neck and thoracic paravertebral regions of several patients referred for whole-body PET. The distribution is suggestive of uptake in contracting skeletal muscle in tense patients. Methods: To test this hypothesis, six successive patients who exhibited this pattern of uptake underwent rescanning using an identical imaging protocol but with oral diazepam before injection of FDG. Results: The increased neck and paravertebral uptake was significantly reduced or abolished with diazepam, confirming the supposition that this increased neck and paravertebral uptake represents a normal variant of muscle uptake. Conclusion: Oral diazepam given before the uptake period can be helpful in such patients to exclude the masking of potential abnormalities by this characteristic pattern of FDG uptake.

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