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Sang Eon Jang  (Jang SE) 2 Articles
Solitary Pulmonary Metastasis of a Thyroid Papillary Microcarcinoma, Masquerading as Primary Lung Cancer.
Jong Hwan Lee, Se Jin Ahn, Hyung Jin Kim, Sang Eon Jang, Jae Soo Koh, Yun Yong Lee, Cheol Hyeon Kim, Jae Cheol Lee
Endocrinol Metab. 2011;26(1):78-83.   Published online March 1, 2011
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Although pulmonary metastasis of thyroid cancer is not uncommon, it mostly occurs as multiple discrete nodules on the lung parenchyma. Because thyroid cancer presenting with an isolated large lung mass is extremely rare and the diagnosis is frequently based on small pieces of tissue obtained by a fine needle, the wrong diagnosis such as lung cancer is prone to be made. A 60-year-old man was admitted for evaluation of a lung mass detected on chest radiography. Cytological examination of the bronchial washing specimens suggested adenocarcinoma. Surgery for early lung cancer was performed considering that no other abnormalities were found during the work-up that included 18-fludeoxyglucose positron emission tomography computer tomography (18FDG-PET/CT). Unexpectedly, the diagnosis of papillary thyroid cancer with lung metastasis was made, which prompted us to evaluate the thyroid gland and then remove the primary cancer by subsequent operation. Although it is uncommon, physician should be aware of this possibility, which could help to avoid the wrong diagnosis. Here we report on a typical case of solitary pulmonary metastasis of thyroid cancer and we summarize the previously reported cases with a review of the relevant literature.


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Clinical Characteristics of 16 Patients with Pituitary Tumor Incidentally Detected by 18F-Fluorodeoxyglucose PET-CT (18F-FDG PET-CT).
Hyung Jin Kim, Gi Jeong Cheon, A Ra Cho, Chang Hoon Lee, Sang Min Youn, Se jin Ahn, Sang Eon Jang, Jung Min Kim, Yun Yong Lee, Ka Hee Yi
Endocrinol Metab. 2010;25(4):321-325.   Published online December 1, 2010
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It is uncommon to unexpectedly discover pituitary tumor as a hypermetabolic lesion on an 18F-FDG PET-CT scan for the evaluation of an unrelated disease when the patient does not show neurological or endocrine signs and symptoms. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the medical records of 16 patients with pituitary tumor that was detected incidentally on 18FFDG PET-CT at the Korea Cancer Center Hospital from January 2002 to September 2009. We analyzed their clinical features in detail. RESULTS: On 35,505 18F-FDG PET-CT scans, 16 (0.045%) patients were diagnosed with pituitary incidentaloma. They underwent 18FFDG PET-CT for the evaluation of the state of malignancy. All of them had no signs and symptoms related to pituitary tumor. The average age of the patients was 63.3 +/- 12.0 years (49-85 years). Eleven patients were men and 5 were women. The mean diameter of the tumor was 17.9 +/- 5.7 mm. Most of the pituitary incidentalomas were macroadenoma. The result of tumor morphologic evaluation by the Hardy classification was as follows: 6 grade IV, 1 grade III, 3 grade II and 1 grade I. The mean standardized uptake value of the tumor was 10.6 +/- 6.7. Ten patients had endocrine evaluation and they showed a normal hormone level. Among 16 patients, 4 patients received TSA and they were diagnosed with pituitary adenoma. CONCLUSION: This study showed that pituitary incidentaloma discovered on 18F-FDG PET-CT was extremely rare. It was almost all non-functioning macroadenoma and this showed relatively high FDG uptake.
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