Skip to main content

01.12.2014 | Case report | Ausgabe 1/2014 Open Access

Journal of Medical Case Reports 1/2014

Primary Epstein–Barr virus infection diffusing F18-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography/computed tomography response monitoring of Hodgkin’s disease: a case report

Journal of Medical Case Reports > Ausgabe 1/2014
Hans Balink, Mels Hoogendoorn
Wichtige Hinweise

Electronic supplementary material

The online version of this article (doi:10.​1186/​1752-1947-8-212) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors’ contributions

Data from our patient were collected by HB and MH. MH participated in the clinical management of our patient. The manuscript was prepared by HB and MH. Both authors approved the final manuscript.



Hodgkin’s disease is highly curable by radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy, but refractory disease or early relapses are rarely cured by conventional salvage therapy.

Case presentation

We report a case of a 20-year-old Caucasian man, with a biopsy-proven intrapulmonary relapse of Hodgkin’s disease, for whom salvage chemotherapy was administered. During salvage chemotherapy intense increased F18-fluorodeoxyglucose uptake was noticed in multiple lymph nodes and diffuse increased splenic uptake, suggesting chemotherapy-refractory disease. However, additional information obtained from the patient revealed he recently had met his first girlfriend. An asymptomatic primary Epstein–Barr virus infection was considered proven.


Interim F18-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography/computed tomography is a strong prognostic factor for advanced Hodgkin’s and may better identify those patients needing intensified chemotherapy. Related to the nonspecificity of F18-fluorodeoxyglucose, clinical awareness of the potential interference of intercurrent asymptomatic viral infections with treatment and remission status monitoring continues to be important in the interpretation of equivocal medical imaging results.

Unsere Produktempfehlungen

e.Med Interdisziplinär


Mit e.Med Interdisziplinär erhalten Sie Zugang zu allen CME-Fortbildungen und Fachzeitschriften auf Zusätzlich können Sie eine Zeitschrift Ihrer Wahl in gedruckter Form beziehen – ohne Aufpreis.

e.Med Allgemeinmedizin


Mit e.Med Allgemeinmedizin erhalten Sie Zugang zu allen CME-Fortbildungen und Premium-Inhalten der allgemeinmedizinischen Zeitschriften, inklusive einer gedruckten Allgemeinmedizin-Zeitschrift Ihrer Wahl.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Authors’ original file for figure 1
Authors’ original file for figure 2
Authors’ original file for figure 3
Über diesen Artikel

Weitere Artikel der Ausgabe 1/2014

Journal of Medical Case Reports 1/2014 Zur Ausgabe