A case of low-grade primary cardiac lymphoma with pericardial effusion diagnosed by combined18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography and computed tomography (FDG-PET/CT) imaging and effusion cytology

Hisanori Fukunaga, Yasuko Tatewaki, Tatsushi Mutoh, Hideo Shimomura, Shuzo Yamamoto, Chiaki Terao, Tomoko Totsune, Manabu Nakagawa, Yasuyuki Taki

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Abstract

Objective: Rare disease Background: Primary cardiac lymphoma is rare and can be an aggressive disease, depending on the grade. A case is reported of low-grade primary cardiac lymphoma associated with a pericardial effusion. 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography and computed tomography (FDG-PET/CT) imaging was useful in the diagnosis and in evaluating the disease activity in this case. Case Report: A 72-year-old Japanese woman visited a general practitioner, complaining of dyspnea associated with cardiac tamponade. Pericardiocentesis was performed, and Group V malignant cells were identified by cytology, suspicious for malignant lymphoma. Whole-body FDG-PET/CT scans showed no pleural effusion or lymph node metastasis supporting the diagnosis of primary cardiac lymphoma diagnosed on pericardial effusion. The laboratory investigations showed that levels of serum soluble interleukin-2 (IL-2) receptor (sIL-2R), a diagnostic and prognostic marker for malignant lymphoma, were not elevated (258 U/ml). A six-month follow-up FDG-PET/CT scan showed an increased volume of the pericardial effusion and mild but abnormal uptake diffusely in the pericardial space, and the sIL-2R was slightly elevated (860 U/ml). No abnormal FDG accumulation outside the retained pericardial effusion was noted, which was compatible with a clinical picture of low-grade primary cardiac lymphoma, and in a period of watchful waiting during the first two years later, the sIL-2R had reduced to 195 U/ml. Conclusions: This is a rare case of low-grade primary cardiac lymphoma detected in a pericardial effusion, and highlights the utility of the FDG-PET/CT scan as a valuable diagnostic and follow-up modality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-295
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Case Reports
Volume19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar 14

Keywords

  • Adenolymphoma
  • Fluorodeoxyglucose f18
  • Heart neoplasms
  • Positron-Emission tomography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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