Clin Nucl Med 2021 Apr 21. Epub 2021 Apr 21.
From the Center for Regenerative Medicine, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital Division of Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics Department of Radiology, Nationwide Children's Hospital Department of Surgery, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH.
Abstract: A 15-year-old girl with a history of complex congenital heart disease and prior pulmonary valve replacement presented with suspected endocarditis. PET/CT imaging with 18F-FDG was performed to evaluate the potential presence of intracardiac vegetations after previously inconclusive findings from CT angiography, transthoracic echocardiography, and transesophageal echocardiography. PET/CT detected heterogeneous, asymmetric, increased 18F-FDG uptake in the region of the pulmonary valve prosthesis, typical for infection, and confirmed diagnosis of bacterial infective endocarditis. Read More