Clinical value of 18F-FDG-PET/CT in staging cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma.Nucl Med Commun 2019; 40(7):744-751NM
Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) is the second most common skin malignancy. Computed tomography (CT) and/or MRI are commonly used for staging, however, the role of fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose (F-FDG)-PET is not clearly established. In this study, we evaluated F-FDG-PET/CT imaging for initial staging of cSCC.
PATIENTS AND METHODS
F-FDG-PET/CT scans performed in patients with newly diagnosed cSCC were reviewed retrospectively. Images were visually assessed for lesions and F-FDG uptake [standardized uptake value (SUV)] in primary and secondary sites was measured. Suspected lesions on F-FDG-PET/CT were correlated with histopathology when available, follow-up imaging or clinical data in others.
Twenty-three cSCC patients who underwent F-FDG-PET/CT at diagnosis were evaluated. Primary sites were in head/neck (n=21), chest (n=1), and foot (n=1). All patients had F-FDG-positive scans with a total of 51 F-FDG-positive lesions. All primary lesions (n=24) were F-FDG-positive (SUV: 2.3-22.8; mean 10.2), and additional 27 F-FDG-positive lesions, including 21 nodes, four cutaneous, one osseous and one lung lesion, were noted in 13 patients. Mean size of F-FDG-positive nodes was 0.9 cm (range: 0.4-2.5 cm), predominantly clinically impalpable. Pathology was available for 40/51 lesions; 31 sites positive for malignancy. SUV (mean±SD) was 9.2±6.2 for malignant and 2.7±1.2 for benign lesions. Sensitivity, positive predictive value, and accuracy of F-FDG-PET/CT scan were 100, 77.5, and 77.5%, respectively. F-FDG detected seven additional lesions in three patients, compared to CT/MRI. Overall, staging F-FDG-PET/CT detected nine prior unknown lesions in five patients that were proven metastatic disease by histopathology or follow-up; F-FDG-PET/CT modified management in 5/23 (21.7%) patients.
F-FDG-PET/CT has high sensitivity in the detection of cSCC lesions, including small cutaneous and nodal disease, and has a potential role in initial staging and management.