FDG-PET finding in early-phase Takayasu arteritis

J Comput Assist Tomogr. Jan-Feb 1999;23(1):16-8. doi: 10.1097/00004728-199901000-00004.


We report a unique case of early-phase Takayasu arteritis in which the vessels demonstrated accumulation of [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) on PET scanning. This observation suggests the possible use of FDG-PET for the diagnosis of vasculitis. Early diagnosis of Takayasu arteritis may permit early treatment and possibly could prevent progression to the occlusive or pulseless phase of this disease.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aorta / diagnostic imaging
  • Carotid Artery, Common / diagnostic imaging
  • Female
  • Fluorodeoxyglucose F18*
  • Humans
  • Pulmonary Artery / diagnostic imaging
  • Radiopharmaceuticals*
  • Subclavian Artery / diagnostic imaging
  • Takayasu Arteritis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed*


  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Fluorodeoxyglucose F18