ELLIOTT PERLIN; THOMAS F. RYAN; ROSS B. MOQUIN
To the editor: The report of Dr. Aisenberg and colleagues (Ann Intern Med 74:544-547, 1971) further confirms that laparotomy and splenectomy are valuable diagnostic procedures for the accurate determination of intra-abdominal Hodgkin's disease. Our initial experience with the use of these procedures in 30 unselected patients (1, 2), and now with an additional 11, has been similar to theirs.
Comparable with their findings, we found splenic involvement in the absence of abdominal lymph node disease. Three IIIB and four IIIA patients were in this category. Contrary to their observations, however, we had three IIIB patients who had retroperitoneal node involvement
PERLIN E, RYAN TF, MOQUIN RB. Laparotomy for Diagnosis of Hodgkin's Disease. Ann Intern Med. ;75:321–322. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-75-2-321
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;75(2):321-322.
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