Multimodality imaging of fat-containing adrenal metastasis from hepatocellular carcinoma

Umar Tariq, Liina Poder, David Carlson, Jesse Courtier, Bonnie N. Joe, Fergus V. Coakley

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A biopsy-proven fat-containing metastasis to the adrenal gland in a patient with hepatocellular carcinoma demonstrated low density on nonenhanced CT, heterogeneity on contrast-enhanced CT, and marked signal loss on opposed-phase gradient-echo MRI, mimicking an adrenal adenoma. However, the mass was not present on older studies and showed increased FDG uptake on PET. The possibility of a fat-containing metastasis should be considered for an apparent adrenal adenoma in a patient with a primary hepatocellular carcinoma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e157-e159
JournalClinical Nuclear Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • adrenal adenoma
  • adrenal metastasis
  • computed tomography
  • hepatocellular carcinoma
  • magnetic resonance imaging
  • positron emission tomography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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