Sternal Uptake of 99mTc-MAA in Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

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99mTc-macroaggregated albumin (MAA) uptake in the vertebrae has been reported in central vein occlusion, although its sternal uptake is rarely seen. We present a case in which 99mTc-MAA SPECT/CT showed spotty uptake in the sternum. Contrast-enhanced CT revealed marked narrowing of the left subclavian vein at the thoracic outlet with a developed collateral vein running, in the left anterior chest subcutaneous tissue, between the sternum and left axilla. In this case, IV injection of 99mTc-MAA from the left forearm probably led to bone marrow uptake in the sternum due to retrograde venous flow through the collateral vein.

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