Technetium-99m sestamibi uptake in a maxilla brown tumor

Isis W. Gayed*, Shehab M. Elshazly, Russell S. Vang, Bruce J. Barron, Lamk M. Lamki

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Brown tumors have been reported to take up TI-201 when dual-tracer parathyroid scintigraphy using TI-201 and Tc-99m pertechnetate was performed. With the change to the more favorable Tc-99m sestamibi para-thyroid scanning, similar phenomena of tracer uptake in brown tumors have been reported. The authors describe a 44-year-old man with a left maxillary swelling. Laboratory investigations revealed elevated parathyroid hormone levels. Computed tomography of the head showed a left maxillary expansile mass. Subsequently, a Tc-99m sestamibi scan was performed to rule out a parathyroid adenoma. Left inferior parathyroid retention of the tracer was seen, indicating a parathyroid adenoma. An incidental finding was the uptake of Tc-99m MIBI in the left maxillary brown tumor. This case suggests the utility and possible specificity of Tc-99m MIBI uptake in diagnosing brown tumors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-67
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Nuclear Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Brown Tumor
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Parathyroid Adenoma
  • Technetium-99m MIBI Imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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