Thyroiditis- A Challenging Case Report that Used PET-CT for Definitive Diagnosis in a Non-COVID Patient During COVID-19 Pandemicc

Authors

  • Raghuraman M Sethuraman Department of Anesthesiology, Sree Balaji Medical College & Hospital, BIHER, Chennai – 600044. India
  • Indiran Venkatraman Department of Radiodiagnosis, Sree Balaji Medical College & Hospital, BIHER, Chennai – 600044. India
  • Shanthi P Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Sree Balaji Medical College & Hospital, BIHER, Chennai – 600044. India

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/jom.v24i2.67279

Keywords:

Subacute Painful Thyroiditis; COVID-19 pandemic; Positron Emission Tomography Computed Tomography.

Abstract

A whole-body PET scan coupled with contrast-enhanced CT was performed on a 45-year-old woman with persistent fever for 3 weeks. This was performed to make a definitive diagnosis in a few hours as an out-patient itself to avoid admission / frequent visits to the hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic for this non-COVID patient. Although step-wise investigations such as ultrasound, thyroid antibodies, and biopsy would be ideal and devoid of radiation, other co-existing causes for fever if any (malignancy, other non-infectious causes) might have been missed. Therefore, in addition to confirming the clinical diagnosis (Thyroiditis), whole-body PET-CT helped to rule out other causes of fever of 3-week duration. Therefore, we wish to highlight the unique approach that we adopted here due to the restrictions on admissions during the pandemic for this non-COVID patient.

J MEDICINE 2023; 24(2): 152-154

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Published

2023-07-02

How to Cite

Sethuraman, R. M., Venkatraman, I. ., & P, S. . (2023). Thyroiditis- A Challenging Case Report that Used PET-CT for Definitive Diagnosis in a Non-COVID Patient During COVID-19 Pandemicc. Journal of Medicine, 24(2), 152–154. https://doi.org/10.3329/jom.v24i2.67279

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