DIAGNOSIS AND ASSESSMENT OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THERAPY OF NONSPECIFIC AORTOARTERITIS (TAKAYASU’S ARTERITIS) USING POSITRON emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT): CLINICAL OBSERVATIONS
Summary. he clinical observation of the patient with systemic inflammatory response syndrome and multiple non-specific complaints is presented. The patient underwent to 18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (18F-FDG PET/CT) for diagnostic purposes. Scanning with 18F-FDG demonstrated intense 18F-FDG uptake and increase of metabolic activity in all aortic sections, bilateral subclavian, common carotid, femoral arteries, which allowed to expose the diagnosis of nonspecific aortoarteritis (Takayasu’s disease). The possibilities of using 18F-FDG PET/CT for early diagnosis of arteritis, and assessment of disease activity during drug treatment are discussed. The images of 18F-FDG PET/CT before treatment and after 6 months are presented.
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