Tophaceous Gout of the Lumbar Spine Mimicking Malignancy on FDG PET/CT

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Abstract

A 46-year-old man with over a 10-year history of gout complained of progressive bilateral buttock pain with numbness of legs for 4 months. Serum uric acid level was elevated. Lumbar radiographs showed decreased density of the bilateral L4–L5 facet joints. CT showed lytic lesions of the facet joints with hyperdense periarticular lesions. Enhanced MRI showed marked enhancement of these lesions. FDG PET/CT showed avid FDG uptake of the bony and periarticular lesions with SUVmax of 16.8. A decompressive posterior lumbar laminectomy with periarticular lesion resection was performed. Histopathologic findings of the periarticular lesions were consistent with tophaceous gout.

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