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Case Report
Published online: 2014-07-31
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Radioguided surgery in patient with pancreatic neuroendocrine tumour followed by PET/CT scan as a new approach of complete resection evaluation — case report

Jolanta Kunikowska, Maciej Słodkowski, Łukasz Koperski, Anna Kolasa, Jan Maryański, Piotr Pawliszak, Renata Matyskiel, Marek Chojnowski, Michał Najdzik, Leszek Królicki
DOI: 10.5603/NMR.2014.0028
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Nucl. Med. Rev 2014;17(2):108-109.

open access

Vol 17, No 2 (2014)
Case Report
Published online: 2014-07-31
Submitted: 2014-01-17
Accepted: 2014-05-28

Abstract

Radioguided surgery using 68-gallium labelled somatostatin analogues is a promising method for detection of small, intra-abdominal, neuroendocrine neoplasm (NEN). However, due to high background activity (physiological uptake in e.g. spleen, adrenal glands and kidneys) tumours of the tail and body of pancreas might be impossible to detect with hand-held gamma probe. Therefore a new concept of intraoperative PET/CT scan of the resected tissue can be helpful in determining whether the tumour has been excised within the margins of healthy tissue. A 71-year-old woman with primary, non-metastatic NEN of the tail of pancreas is described. The tumour was diagnosed using MRI and PET/CT scan. Before operation patient was administered intravenously 80 MBq of 68Ga-DOTATATE. The surgery procedure was performed 60–180 minutes post injection. During the procedure pancreas was visualized, but the tumour could not be localized neither with palpation nor gamma probe. The tail of the pancreas was resected en bloc with spleen and adjacent lymph nodes. PET/CT scan of the tissue specimen was performed immediately followed by pathological examination. PET/CT scan of the resected tissue showed moderate activity in the tail of pancreas, and a small focus of high activity in the tail. Area of high SSTR expression in the tail corresponded with preoperative findings in MRI and whole-body PET/CT. Histopathological examination of the specimen confirmed the presence of neuroendocrine tumour grade 1. Immediate PET/CT scan of the surgical specimen can bring new quality to intraoperative assessment of completeness of resection of neuroendocrine tumours.

Abstract

Radioguided surgery using 68-gallium labelled somatostatin analogues is a promising method for detection of small, intra-abdominal, neuroendocrine neoplasm (NEN). However, due to high background activity (physiological uptake in e.g. spleen, adrenal glands and kidneys) tumours of the tail and body of pancreas might be impossible to detect with hand-held gamma probe. Therefore a new concept of intraoperative PET/CT scan of the resected tissue can be helpful in determining whether the tumour has been excised within the margins of healthy tissue. A 71-year-old woman with primary, non-metastatic NEN of the tail of pancreas is described. The tumour was diagnosed using MRI and PET/CT scan. Before operation patient was administered intravenously 80 MBq of 68Ga-DOTATATE. The surgery procedure was performed 60–180 minutes post injection. During the procedure pancreas was visualized, but the tumour could not be localized neither with palpation nor gamma probe. The tail of the pancreas was resected en bloc with spleen and adjacent lymph nodes. PET/CT scan of the tissue specimen was performed immediately followed by pathological examination. PET/CT scan of the resected tissue showed moderate activity in the tail of pancreas, and a small focus of high activity in the tail. Area of high SSTR expression in the tail corresponded with preoperative findings in MRI and whole-body PET/CT. Histopathological examination of the specimen confirmed the presence of neuroendocrine tumour grade 1. Immediate PET/CT scan of the surgical specimen can bring new quality to intraoperative assessment of completeness of resection of neuroendocrine tumours.

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Keywords

neuroendocrine tumour, somatostatin receptors, PET/CT, 68Ga-DOTATATE, radioguided surgery

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Title

Radioguided surgery in patient with pancreatic neuroendocrine tumour followed by PET/CT scan as a new approach of complete resection evaluation — case report

Journal

Nuclear Medicine Review

Issue

Vol 17, No 2 (2014)

Pages

108-109

Published online

2014-07-31

DOI

10.5603/NMR.2014.0028

Bibliographic record

Nucl. Med. Rev 2014;17(2):108-109.

Keywords

neuroendocrine tumour
somatostatin receptors
PET/CT
68Ga-DOTATATE
radioguided surgery

Authors

Jolanta Kunikowska
Maciej Słodkowski
Łukasz Koperski
Anna Kolasa
Jan Maryański
Piotr Pawliszak
Renata Matyskiel
Marek Chojnowski
Michał Najdzik
Leszek Królicki

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