Interpretation of scintigraphy of papillary cystadenoma lymphomatosum (Warthin's tumor) on the basis of histopathologic findings

Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 1996 Jul;82(1):101-7. doi: 10.1016/s1079-2104(96)80386-6.


Objectives: The accumulation of 99mTc-pertechnetate in Warthin's tumor was estimated scintigraphically and histopathologically to determine the role of the epithelial component in scintigraphy.

Study design: Six cases underwent histopathologic examination and scintigraphic evaluation with 99mTc-pertechnetate. Histopathologically the tumors were classified into types according to the epithelial component and cystic space and compared with scintigraphic results evaluated by dynamic radioactive index and wash-out image.

Results: Histopathologic and scintigraphic observations showed an adequate correlation. Cases with a large epithelial component and poor cystic space showed a large radioactive index of dynamic scintigraphy and hot accumulation of wash-out image.

Conclusion: The scintigraphic results were chiefly due to the epithelial component, but the influence of the cystic space could not be disregarded.

MeSH terms

  • Adenolymphoma / diagnostic imaging*
  • Aged
  • Epithelium / diagnostic imaging
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Parotid Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Sodium Pertechnetate Tc 99m


  • Sodium Pertechnetate Tc 99m