MECKEL'S DIVERTICULUM FINDINGS ON TC-99 RED BLOOD SCINTIGRAPHY IN A BLEEDING LEUKEMIC PATIENT CONFIRMED BY TC-99 PERTENECHTATE SCINTIGRAPHY

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Abstract

A 25-year-old Caucasian woman with a medical history of acute promyelocytic leukemia presented to the emergency department with massive gastrointestinal bleeding. A bone marrow biopsy excluded hemorrhagic leukemia. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, colonoscopy, emergency abdominal angiography, abdominal CT scan, and wireless capsule endoscopy were performed but no source of bleeding could be detected. Tc-99m RBC scintigraphy was consistent with a small bowel bleeding focus. The persistent and focal images in the right abdomen were suggestive of Tc-99m RBC trapping in the lumen of a Meckel diverticulum (MD). In accordance with this suspicion, successive Tc-99m pertechnetate scintigraphy was performed after 3 days, consistent with the diagnostic hypothesis. Due to the persisting severe bleeding (with a drop in baseline hemoglobin from 10.4 to 7.1 g/dL), despite 8 units of blood transfusion, emergency surgery was performed. Through a minilaparotomy a segmental small bowel resection, including Meckel diverticulum, was performed. The postoperative course was uneventful.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1-4
Numero di pagine4
RivistaClinical Nuclear Medicine
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2007

Keywords

  • Meckel diverticulum
  • Scintigraphy
  • Surgery

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