Fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography in the evaluation of a patient with presumed ocular tuberculosis

Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 2010 Jun;18(3):192-3. doi: 10.3109/09273940903551821.


Purpose: To report a case of presumed ocular tuberculosis where a fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) PET/CT scan was used to image the chest.

Design: Single case report.

Methods: A 35-year-old female patient with recurrent posterior uveitis was examined and investigated.

Results: A complete blood study was normal. A tuberculosis quantiferon gold test was positive (5.25 IU). CT scan studies of the chest were normal. She was advised to undergo a PET/CT scan. Increased uptake of tracer was seen in right paratracheal, precarinal, and bilateral hilar nodes and in the left choroid.

Conclusions: FDG-PET/CT scan may be superior to high-resolution computed tomography in detecting concomitant pulmonary pathology.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Fluorodeoxyglucose F18*
  • Humans
  • Positron-Emission Tomography / methods*
  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Tuberculosis, Ocular / diagnostic imaging*
  • Uveitis, Posterior / diagnostic imaging*


  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Fluorodeoxyglucose F18