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Different roles of surveillance positron emission tomography according to the histologic subtype of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

 Yu Ri Kim  ;  Soo-Jeong Kim  ;  June-Won Cheong  ;  Yundeok Kim  ;  Ji Eun Jang  ;  Hyunsoo Cho  ;  Haerim Chung  ;  Yoo Hong Min  ;  Woo Ick Yang  ;  Arthur Cho  ;  Jin Seok Kim 
 KOREAN JOURNAL OF INTERNAL MEDICINE, Vol.19(36 Suppl 1) : S245-S252, 2021-03 
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Positron emission tomography computed tomography ; Sensitivity and specificity
Background/aims: Although the use of surveillance 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) is discouraged in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, its usefulness in different subtypes has not been thoroughly investigated. Methods: We retrospectively evaluated 157 patients who showed positive results on surveillance FDG-PET/CT every 6 months following complete response for up to 5 years. All of the patients also underwent biopsies. Results: Seventy-eight (49.6%) of 157 patients had true positive results; the remaining 79 (50.3%), including eight (5.1%) with secondary malignancies, were confirmed to yield false positive results. Among the 78 patients with true positive results, the disease in seven (8.9%) had transformed to a different subtype. The positive predictive value (PPV) of FDG-PET/CT for aggressive B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) was lower than that for indolent B-cell or aggressive T-cell NHL (p = 0.003 and p = 0.018, respectively), especially in patients with a low/low-intermediate international prognostic index (IPI) upon a positive PET/CT finding. On the other hand, indolent B-cell and aggressive T-cell NHL patients showed PPVs of > 60%, including those with low/low-intermediate secondary IPIs. Conclusion: The role of FDG-PET/CT surveillance is limited, and differs according to the lymphoma subtype. FDG-PET/CT may be useful in detecting early relapse in patients with aggressive T-cell NHL, including those with low/low-intermediate risk secondary IPI; as already known, FDG-PET/CT has no role in aggressive B-cell NHL. Repeat biopsy should be performed to discriminate relapse or transformation from false positive findings in patients with positive surveillance FDG-PET/CT results.
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Kim, Soo Jeong(김수정) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8859-3573
Kim, Yu Ri(김유리) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5505-0142
Kim, Jin Seok(김진석) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8986-8436
Min, Yoo Hong(민유홍) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8542-9583
Yang, Woo Ick(양우익) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6084-5019
Jang, Ji Eun(장지은) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8832-1412
Cheong, June-Won(정준원) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1744-0921
Chung, Hae Rim(정해림) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7926-9285
Cho, Arthur Eung Hyuck(조응혁) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8670-2473
Cho, Hyunsoo(조현수) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2651-6403
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