PET scanning may be useful in patients with suspected large vessel vasculitis

August 5, 2015

The use of positron emission tomography may be helpful in making the diagnosis of large vessel vasculitis, according to data presented recently.

The records from 20 patients who underwent fluoro-deoxy-glucose positron emission tomography (PET) scans to detect the presence of large vessel vasculitis (LVV) were studied retrospectively. Patients had a 3:1 female-to-male ratio and a mean age of 67 years. Prior to PET scans, the preliminary diagnosis was giant cell arteritis (GCA) or LVV in 15 patients and polymyalgia rheumatica in five patients.

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