Liver metastasis as a first sign of Fallopian tube carcinoma and the role of positron emission tomography in preoperative diagnosis

BL van Leeuwen, J Pruim, ASH Gouw, AGJ van der Zee, MJH Sloof, KP de Jong*

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The search for an unknown primary tumour is often time-consuming, costly and unrewarding. Positron emission tomography might be an effective method for screening the body for malignant deposits. We present the case of a woman with a symptomatic liver tumour of unknown origin. Several investigations did not reveal a primary tumour, but PET scanning showed a hot spot in the pelvis, suggesting either a primary tumour or a metastatic deposit. During operation, a primary Fallopian tube carcinoma was detected. Histopathological examination of the resected liver turnout revealed a metastasis of the Fallopian tube carcinoma. This case report demonstrates that PET scanning can be useful in the diagnostic process in patients with unknown primary tumour, and that a symptomatic liver tumour can be the first sign of Fallopian tube carcinoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1473-1474
Number of pages2
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec-2002


  • Fallopian tube carcinoma
  • liver metastasis
  • PET
  • unknown primary

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