Diagnosis of Candida lung abscesses by 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography

C. Bleeker-Rovers, A. Warris, J. Drenth, F. Corstens, W. Oyen and B. Kullberg

megen, The Netherlands. c.bleeker-rovers@nucmed.umcn.nl
Jun, 2005



In three patients with catheter-associated candidaemia, use of 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) led to the diagnosis of Candida lung abscesses, which was confirmed by computed tomography and a favourable response to antifungal therapy. It was concluded that FDG-PET is a promising new imaging technique that enables early identification of sites of disseminated candidiasis, and that this technique can be used in the evaluation of therapy.