Image findings of a rare case of gestational breast cancer diagnosed in a lactating woman with Fluorine‑18 fluorodeoxyglucose‑positron emission tomography/computed tomography

Oncology, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Reports,2014,3,2,34-35.
Published:July 2014
Type:Case Report
Author(s) affiliations:

Koramadai Karuppusamy Kamaleshwaran, Sudhakar Natarajan1, Firoz Rajan1, Vyshak Mohanan, Ajit Sugunan Shinto

Departments of Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT and 1Oncology, Comprehensive Cancer Care Centre, Kovai Medical Centre and Hospital Limited, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India


Gestational or pregnancy‑associated breast cancer is defined as breast cancer that is diagnosed during pregnancy, in the first post‑partum year or any time during lactation. We report a rare imaging finding of breast cancer seen on fluorodeoxyglucose‑positron emission tomography/computed tomography (FDG PET/CT) study in a 32‑year‑old lactating woman. The FDG PET/CT study demonstrated uptake in the soft tissue lesion noted in the right breast corresponding to the primary lesion and multiple nodes in the bilateral axilla, right supraclavicular and mediastinum. In addition, there was FDG tracer uptake in both the breast parenchyma related to breast feeding. This case illustrates the first case of breast cancer in a lactating woman described in FDG PET/CT.