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In an article published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, Schönau et al suggested that positron emitted tomography (PET)/CT is useful in determining the cause of unexplained fever/inflammation.1 In this letter, we wish to add further data to support the conclusions of this article. More and more, PET/CT is used to determine the cause of fever, systemic inflammation or atypical or resistant rheumatic disease. However, the utility of PET/CT in these diagnoses is not clear. Thus, we performed a meta-analysis to investigate the utility of PET/CT in the diagnosis of inflammatory rheumatic diseases.
We searched MEDLINE to identify all reports of interest published prior to June 2016 using the search terms: ‘(PET scan OR …
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