PETER J. ROSEN, M.D.; DONALD I. FEINSTEIN, M.D., F.A.C.P.; PAUL K. PATTENGALE, M.D.; BARBARA H. TINDLE, M.D.; ARTHUR H. WILLIAMS, M.D.; MARY J. CAIN, R.M.T.; JAMES B. BONORRIS, M.D.; JOHN W. PARKER, M.D.; ROBERT J. LUKES, M.D.
Twelve adults had a distinct clinicopathologic type of malignant lymphoma that closely resembles the mediastinal lymphomas of childhood. Nine patients presented with mediastinal masses, and seven had symptoms related to intrathoracic compression. Seven patients presented with or developed leukemia, and in four of these patients the central nervous system (CNS) became involved. Structurally, the tumor cells had a distinctive stippled chromatin pattern, in addition to the characteristic nuclear convolutions. Tumor cells from five patients were studied immunologically, and, in each case, the tumor cells formed rosettes with sheep erythrocytes. The response to combination chemotherapy was rapid and dramatic, but usually transient, with relapse in the CNS or previously involved sites. The above data strongly suggest that these cases represent a distinct clinicopathologic entity that should be treated similarly to childhood leukemia and lymphoma, with intensive multiple agent induction, CNS prophylaxis, possibly radiation therapy to initially involved sites, and prolonged maintenance.
ROSEN PJ, FEINSTEIN DI, PATTENGALE PK, TINDLE BH, WILLIAMS AH, CAIN MJ, et al. Convoluted Lymphocytic Lymphoma in Adults: A Clinicopathologic Entity. Ann Intern Med. ;89:319–324. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-89-3-319
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