Title: Progressive bouts of acute abdomen: pet the peritoneum
Authors: Laleman, Wim
Vanderschueren, Steven
Mortelmans, Luc
Knockaert, Daniel # ×
Issue Date: Jan-2001
Publisher: Acta clinica belgica
Series Title: Acta Clinica Belgica vol:56 issue:1 pages:46-50
Abstract: The recent discovery of the mutated gene responsible for Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) is supposed to facilitate its diagnosis which up till now is a clinical one because there are no specific laboratory tests. The sensitivity of genetic testing is limited because these tests search only for known mutations. In this case report we describe a patient with periodic abdominal pain in whom the diagnosis of FMF was wrongly discarded because of lack of a durable effect of colchicine and negative genetic testing. Diffuse peritoneal inflammation was nicely demonstrated by a FDG-PET (fluoro-deoxy-glucose positron-emission tomography) performed during a typical crisis. We discuss the possible diagnostic pitfalls and conclude that a crisis-PET might upgrade the level of diagnostic certainty in equivocal cases.
ISSN: 1784-3286
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Hepatology
Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging
Laboratory for Clinical Infectious and Inflammatory Disorders
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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