Title

Thymic uptake of iodine-131 in the anterior mediastinum

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Radiology, Division of Nuclear Medicine

Date

6-1-1996

Document Type

Article

Subjects

Adenocarcinoma, Follicular; Adult; Carcinoma, Papillary; Diagnosis, Differential; Humans; Iodine Radioisotopes; Male; Mediastinal Neoplasms; Mediastinum; Thymus Gland; Thymus Hyperplasia; Thyroid Neoplasms; Thyroidectomy

Disciplines

Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences

Abstract

Two thyroidectomized patients with a history of differentiated thyroid carcinoma are presented who had nonmetastatic mediastinal 131I uptake following therapeutic doses of 131I. Chest CT scans in both patients demonstrated an anterior mediastinal mass. Surgical excision in one patient and a percutaneous CT-guided fine needle aspiration biopsy in the other disclosed normal thymus tissue. Iodine-131 uptake in the anterior mediastinum in patients thyroidectomized for follicular or papillary thyroid carcinoma may represent the thymus.

Rights and Permissions

Citation: J Nucl Med. 1996 Jun;37(6):991-2.

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Link to Article in PubMed

Journal Title

Journal of nuclear medicine : official publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine

PubMed ID

8683329