Tonsillar SCC - MRI and PET scanning

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


Right neck swelling, painless. Squamous cell carcinoma on fine needle aspirate of enlarged lymph nodes

Patient Data

Age: 45
Gender: Female

Needle entering enlarged palpable lymph node.

Nuclear medicine

FDG PET/CT showing intense activity in the right palatine tonsil,  and to a lesser extent activity in left palatine tonsil and right level 2 and 3 lymph nodes.

The findings on PET-CT confirmed with right and left sided palatine tonsillar masses with lymph nodes enlargement. Note characteristic restricted diffusion on DWI images. 

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Case information

rID: 16810
Published: 22nd Feb 2012
Last edited: 26th Mar 2019
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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