Mildly FDG avid right hilar nodes favored to be reactive?

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May 14, 2018 at 10:06 am  #1294416    

tammie19

What does “Mildly FDG avid right hilar nodes favored to be reactive” mean? Can’t get my Oncologist to call me back to explain this from a PET Scan reading.

May 14, 2018 at 6:47 pm  #1294422    
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Hi tammie,

“Mildly FDG avid” means that the nodes “lit up” on the scan, but their activity level is moderate. Active cancerous nodules are more likely to show a higher degree of activity. “Favored to be reactive” means that from their appearance on the scan, they appear more likely to be enlarged because they are fighting an infection rather than being malignant. Of course, only a biopsy can determine for certain whether a node is cancerous, but you’d rather have a report that says mild activity and reactive than one with high activity and more likely to be malignant.

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