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What Does Hypermetabolic Mean
Takes up tracer: Pet scans work by imaging a tracer that is a sugar analogue. Since tissue/cells that are more "metabolically active" take up more glucose tracer, we refer to that as "hypermetabolic". Diagnostically, this can mean a number of things and depends on the context. Inflammatory cells and malignant cells (cancer) are typically hypermetabolic. One would have to look at the context and medical history. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Impression on pet CT scan is listed as: follicle on right ovary with associated hypermetabolic activity. What does this mean? Should i be concerned?
Not sure: What really matters is why they did the imaging in the first place. I am going to guess that since you have a history of breast cancer, they were looking for possible distant metastases of this disease. I have personally seen breast cancer spread to the ovaries. If this is their concern, it should be further evaluated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nonspecific : On FDG pet/ct, hypermetabolic means that there is increased glucose uptake. Increased glucose uptake can be seen in infection, inflammation, or tumor. Suv is a measure of the amount of glucose uptake. Suv of 3.5 is elevated but again, it could be any of the possibilities listed above. How big is the lymph node? Where is it located? Has it been growing? All of these questions are important. ...Read more
Hodgkin lymphoma,stage IIb, bulky. 130mm,after 8 cycle of ABVD, PET + , hypermetabolic mass and increase its size to 141mm! Why?Is Stanford V helpful?
Jury not out: There is ongoing trial to answer your question but previous studies suggest ABVD superior. That said, factors such as radiotx and personal immune response to Hodgkin D need to be considered. Fail cases to conventional chemoradiotx appear to respond to immune therapy, ie. PD-1 Blockade with Nivolumab in Relapsed or Refractory Hodgkin's Lymphoma N Engl J Med 2015; 372:311-319. Confirm ur dx 1st step ...Read more
NM Pet Report: Abdomen/Pelvis: Persistence of hypermetabolic activity with in rectum, SUV 4.5, compared to prior SUV 5.6. What could its meaning?
Several reasons: Standard uptake value (SUV) GREATER than 2.5 is increased but this is to be correlated with GI evaluations, including presence of polyps, inflammatory dis, diverticulitis or even malignancy. The PCD may need to check if you need Biopsies, if not already done, in the areas where increased sugar uptake seen by PET scan is noted, and one explanation could be resolving inflammation given the decrease. ...Read more
My mother is 42y and her pet report shows that she have got hypermetabolic lymph nodes.Actually she is a kidney donor can c donate her kidnry or not?
Doctors may want...: Doctors may want to evaluate a potential kidney donor to see why she has "hypermetabolic lymph nodes". If no serious medical problem is found, the doctors may feel more comfortable having her as a donor. ...Read more
Female with mass on sternum. Biopsied 8 years ago benign. I had a pet scan it's hypermetabolic. I have MS and borderline lupus. What are my options?
Sternal mass: Leave it alone unless it has begun enlarging rapidly. I suspect it is one of the several benign hamartomas / developmental anomalies that can happen there and the "hypermetabolism" is marrow. You also have a right and duty to know what the old biopsy showed and what the implications are. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Focal hypermetabolic lytic lesion tip of right scapula on PET.SUV 3.9. Can this be cause of my right shoulder pain ? didnt show up on previous CT scan
Yes,: it sounds like this lesion could potentially cause pain in the scapular region. ...Read more
May be benign tumor: PET scan shows the degree of metabolic activity and the CT shows the dimensions of the lesion that is producing metabolic activity(or lacking it.). Increased metabolic activity is a common feature of cancer as well as Inflammation. If there is no increased uptake of PET material(that means it is hypometabolic, as opposed to hypermetabolic, the lesion/tumor is unlikely to be Cancer(with a few exe ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Brain pet scan no metabolic activity means no cancer of brain or no cancer anywhere in my body? Does this also mean no inflammation, hypometabolism?
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