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What could be the causes of increased uptake by a nonenlarged subcarinal node on pet scan in a patient with breast cancer?

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Dr. James Urbanic
Radiation Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Pet scan challenging

A pet scan will generally show 3 main groups of findings.
Infection inflammation or cancer. With a history of breast cancer a biopsy may be considered but that will depend on the details of the situation.

In brief: Pet scan challenging

A pet scan will generally show 3 main groups of findings.
Infection inflammation or cancer. With a history of breast cancer a biopsy may be considered but that will depend on the details of the situation.
Dr. James Urbanic
Dr. James Urbanic
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Dr. Barry Kahn
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Needs follow up

Although clearly one has to be concerned about the possibility of metastatic breast cancer, there are many causes of "hot" subcarinal lymph nodes on pet scan.
The only definitive way to evaluate the area would be with a biopsy or fine needle aspiration with pathological examination. Good luck.

In brief: Needs follow up

Although clearly one has to be concerned about the possibility of metastatic breast cancer, there are many causes of "hot" subcarinal lymph nodes on pet scan.
The only definitive way to evaluate the area would be with a biopsy or fine needle aspiration with pathological examination. Good luck.
Dr. Barry Kahn
Dr. Barry Kahn
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Varies

Infection or possibly metastatic disease.

In brief: Varies

Infection or possibly metastatic disease.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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