Fifteen months after implantation of a Jarvik 2000 left ventricle assistance device, a 60-year-old man developed infection at the percutaneous retroauricular skull-mounted pedestal. PET/CT demonstrated hypermetabolism in the left cutaneous retroauricular pedestal, on the thoracic internal cable, and in the left lung. A second F-18 FDG PET/CT performed after 3 months of antibiotic treatment showed minimal residual hypermetabolism around the proximal and cervical internal cable. The pedestal was then replaced and a third PET/CT scan 3 months after the completion of antibiotic treatment was entirely normal. F-18 FDG PET/CT scan may be useful for monitoring infection in patients with left ventricle assistance device.
|Numero di pagine||4|
|Rivista||Clinical Nuclear Medicine|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Pubblicato - 2011|
- JARVIK 2000