Metastasis of Malignant Melanoma to Common Biliary Duct Demonstrated With F-18 FDG PET/CT

Sanli Y., Ozkan G., Yegen G., Turkmen C., Mudun A.

CLINICAL NUCLEAR MEDICINE, vol.36, no.6, pp.470-472, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Editorial Material
  • Volume: 36 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/rlu.0b013e31820ade2e
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.470-472
  • Keywords: malignant melanoma, common biliary duct, PET/CT, POSITRON-EMISSION-TOMOGRAPHY, PATIENT
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Malignant melanoma is well known for its propensity to spread to unpredictable sites. F-18 FDG PET can highlight metastases at unusual sites that may be missed with conventional imaging modalities. In this study, we present the case of a 57-year-old male patient who was referred to our department for PET/CT imaging because of metabolic characterization of the lesion located in distal common biliary duct and biopsied as malignant melanoma. His PET/CT images revealed a hypermetabolic lesion at the mentioned site. Interestingly, his images also showed mild FDG accumulation on right frontoparietal skin, and the biopsy of this lesion was also reported as malignant melanoma.