Incidental Spleen Cyst Mimicking Thyroid Carcinoma Metastasis: False-positive Uptake on Radioiodine Whole Body Scan Tiroid Karsinom Metastazını Taklit Eden Rastlantısal Dalak Kisti: Radyoaktif İyot Tüm Vücut Taramada Yanlış Pozitif Tutulum

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Genç M., COŞKUN N., Türkölmez S.

Molecular Imaging and Radionuclide Therapy, vol.32, no.2, pp.175-177, 2023 (Scopus) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 32 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.4274/mirt.galenos.2023.24992
  • Journal Name: Molecular Imaging and Radionuclide Therapy
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.175-177
  • Keywords: Radioiodine therapy, spleen pathologies, thyroid cancer, whole body scan
  • Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University Affiliated: Yes


In differentiated thyroid cancer, radioiodine therapy and whole body scans (WBS) are integral part of disease management. We present the case of a 33-year-old woman with multifocal thyroid carcinoma who was treated with radioiodine. Post-treatment WBS scintigraphy showed focal increased I-131 uptake in the spleen, although stimulated thyroglobulin level was not suggestive of distant metastasis. Dynamic magnetic resonance imaging performed later revealed that the finding was an incidental splenic cyst. Radioiodine uptake is not specific to the thyroid tissue. Benign pathologies showing increased radioiodine uptake should be considered in cases with splenic radioiodine accumulation in WBSs.