Cardiac manifestation of acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Rudolf A. Werner, Martina Rudelius, Annette Thurner, Takahiro Higuchi, Constantin Lapa

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Here, we report on a 38-year-old man with unclear right heart failure. Imaging with cardiacMRI and combined PET/CTwith 18F-FDG revealed a hypermetabolic mass extending from the right ventricle to the atrium. In addition, intense glucose utilization throughout the bone marrow was noted. Biopsies of both bone marrow and cardiac mass were performed and revealed precursor B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia with gross leukemic infiltration of the myopericardium, a rare manifestation of acute lymphoblastic leukemia at initial diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)570-571
Number of pages2
JournalClinical Nuclear Medicine
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia
  • ALL
  • PET
  • PET/CT

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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