A case of pulmonary paragonimiasis presented as solitary pulmonary nodule and suspected as lung cancer on 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography

Young Moon Jae, Hwan Jung Ki, Je Hyeong Kim, Joo Park Hyung, Young Sik Kim, Chol Shin

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Pulmonary paragonimiasis continues to be a diagnostically challenging parasitic disease, despite a drastically decreased prevalence in South Korea during the past decade. Pulmonary paragonimiasis is characterized by fever, chest pain, and chronic cough with hemoptysis. Numerous radiographic and computed tomographic findings including the presence of pneumothorax, pleural effusion, and parenchymal lesions such as nodular or infiltrative opacities have been reported. The clinical and radiological manifestations of paragonimiasis can resemble those of lung cancer, tuberculosis or a metastatic malignancy. Furthermore, this disease can mimic lung cancer as seen on 18F- fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET). We report a case of pulmonary paragonimiasis in a 48-year old man that presented with a solitary pulmonary nodule and was suspected as a lung cancer based on FDG-PET imaging.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-137
Number of pages5
JournalTuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Feb 1



  • Positron emission tomography
  • Pulmonary paragonimiasis
  • Solitary pulmonary nodule

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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