Diagnostic utility of galium 67 SPECT/CT and role of pentoxifylline-tocopherol in chronic multifocal osteomyelitis

Oral Health Dent Manag. 2014 Sep;13(3):821-5.


Advances in radiology have helped in early diagnosis, surveillance and proper management of disease processes. SPECT scintigraphy is an imaging modality that helps in the detection & diagnosis of facial & skull osteomyelitis and is also useful for detecting silent lesions. Pentoxifylline-tocopherol together helps in faster healing of diseased bone. Pentoxifylline reduces blood viscosity and thus improves microcirculation. Tocopherol has a synergistic action with pentoxifylline and increases the oxygenation of tissues. Here, a case of chronic multifocal osteomyelitis, involving the mandible and occipital bone is presented which was diagnosed with conventional radiographs and gallium 67 bones SPECT. Simultaneous treatment with pentoxifylline-tocopherol and antibiotics relieved the patient's symptoms.