Gallbladder malakoplakia masquerading as malignant primary on 18F-FDG PET/CT

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Bedmutha, A.S., Agrawal, A., Suthar, R.R. et al. Gallbladder malakoplakia masquerading as malignant primary on 18F-FDG PET/CT. Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging 48, 323–324 (2021).

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