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A 79-Year-Old Man With Interstitial Lung Disease and Cryptic Area of High 18Fluorodeoxyglucose Uptake in Left Upper LobePET/CT Scan in Interstitial Lung Disease

Cristian Rapicetta, MD, PhD; Filippo Lococo, MD; Cristiano Carbonelli, MD; Nicola Sverzellati, MD; Maria Liberata Di Paolo, MD; Alberto Cavazza, MD; Silvia Serra, MD; Tommaso Ricchetti, MD; Elisa Gasparini, MD; Alfredo Cesario, MD; Giorgio Sgarbi, MD; Loris Brandi, MD; Massimiliano Paci, MD, PhD
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From the Units of Thoracic Surgery (Drs Rapicetta, Lococo, Ricchetti, Sgarbi, Brandi, and Paci), Pneumology (Dr Carbonelli), Nuclear Medicine (Dr Di Paolo), and Anatomic Pathology (Drs Cavazza and Serra), and Research Activities and Systems Medicine (Dr Cesario), Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico (IRCCS)-Arcispedale Santa Maria Nuova, Reggio Emilia; Section of Diagnostic Imaging (Dr Sverzellati), Department of Surgery, University of Parma, Parma; and Unit of Oncology and General Medicine (Dr Gasparini), Hospital E. Franchini, Montecchio Emilia, Italy.

CORRESPONDENCE TO: Cristian Rapicetta, MD, PhD, Unit of Thoracic Surgery, IRCCS-Arcispedale Santa Maria Nuova, Viale Risorgimento 80, 42122-Reggio nell’Emilia, Italy; e-mail: cristian.rapicetta@asmn.re.it


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Chest. 2015;148(6):e175-e180. doi:10.1378/chest.14-2680
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Seven years after left hemicolectomy and radical lymph nodal dissection followed by adjuvant chemotherapy for colorectal cancer (histotype, adenocarcinoma; stage, pT3N2M0; grading, G2), a slight increase in carcinoembryonic antigen levels (6.2 ng/mL; range, 0-5 ng/mL) was detected in a 79-year-old man. He was a heavy smoker with history of an interstitial fibrotic lung disease with associated areas of emphysema.

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