Positive MIBG scanning at the time of relapse in neuroblastoma which was MIBG negative at diagnosis

K. B. Schwarz, I. Driver, I. J. Lewis, R. E. Taylor

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Abstract

Metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) labelled with iodine-123 (123I) or 131I has become a well established tool with high sensitivity and specificity in the diagnosis and staging of neuroblastoma in children. However, some neuroblastomas do not take up MIBG at the time of diagnosis. The reasons for this are unclear but may be related to uptake mechanisms. Follow-up MIBG scans have not been reported in these patients. We present a case where an initial 123I-MIBG-scan was negative at diagnosis but became positive when the patient relapsed. This unusual occurrence may have implications for patients with a negative MIBG-scan at presentation. These patients should be re-evaluated by MIBG-scan at the time of relapse as a positive scan then offers the possibility of additional treatment with MIBG therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)90-92
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Radiology
Volume70
Issue numberJAN.
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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