Post Contusion Breast Hematoma Mimicking Malignancy on FDG PET/CT

Daniel Levin, Sophie Lantsberg, Maia Rosenthal Giladi, Dina Ezroh Kazap, Nir Hod

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A 32-year-old woman was treated for breast carcinoma. Posttreatment FDG PET/CT scan revealed complete response, but in the contralateral breast, unexpected incidental intense FDG uptake was seen with a differential diagnosis of both malignant and benign causes. Medical history revealed recent breast contusion. The lesion was further evaluated by mammogram and ultrasound, which were compatible with deep breast bruise. Histopathology showed no malignancy. Subsequent FDG PET/CT study showed breast uptake normalization. This case shows that postcontusion breast hematoma can cause a potential pitfall mimicking breast malignancy on FDG PET/CT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)552-554
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Nuclear Medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2020


  • breast
  • bruise
  • contusion
  • false-positive
  • hematoma
  • malignancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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