Positron Emission Tomography With Fluorodeoxyglucose Incidental Detection of Colon Cancer in a Patient’s Follow-Up for Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Case Report

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Cureus. 2020 Aug 22;12(8):e9939. doi: 10.7759/cureus.9939.


Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a type of widespread, deadly malignancy that took thousands of lives around the globe. In the last two decades, CRC represented the most common cancer among men and ranked third among women in Saudi Arabia. Positron emission tomography with fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG-PET), can incidentally detect malignancy, as in our case, FDG-PET disclosed high abnormal FDG far away from the first primary malignancy. The current case is of a 65-year-old female who was following up on her nasopharyngeal carcinoma (first primary). During her last management, FDG-PET was requested to find any FDG uptake in the nasopharyngeal region; stunning FDG uptake was incidentally found at the ascending colon diagnosed as early-stage (pT2N0) colon cancer. Colonoscopy was done and India Ink was injected to facilitate localizing the mass during the laparoscopic removal of the tumor, which was delayed due to the pandemic of COVID-19. This took place in March 2020 at King Abdul-Aziz University Hospital in Jeddah.

PMID:32968599 | PMC:PMC7505672 | DOI:10.7759/cureus.9939