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Treatment of Angioimmunoblastic Lymphadenopathy (AILD)-Type T-Cell Lymphoma Using Prednisone with or without the COPBLAM/IMVP-16 Regimen: A Multicenter Study

Wolfgang Siegert, MD; Alexander Agthe; Henrik Griesser, MD; Rainer Schwerdtfeger, MD; Günter Brittinger, MD; Marianne Engelhard, MD; Rolf Kuse, MD; Markus Tiemann, MD; Karl Lennert, MD; and Dieter Huhn, MD
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Requests for Reprints: Wolfgang Siegert, MD, Freie Universität Berlin, Universitätsklinikum Rudolf Virchow, Standort Charlottenburg, Spandauer Damm 130, 1000 Berlin 19, Germany.

Current Author Addresses: Drs. Siegert, Huhn, and Schwerdtfeger and Mr. Agthe: Freie Universität Berlin, Universitätsklinikum Rudolf Virchow, Standort Charlottenburg, Spandauer Damm 130, 1000 Berlin 19, Germany.

Drs. Lennert, Griesser, and Tiemann: Universität Kiel, Niemannsweg 11, D-2300 Kiel 1, Germany.

Drs. Brittinger and Engelhard: Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik, Universität GHS, Hufelandstrasse 55, 4300 Essen 1, Germany. Dr. Kuse: Allgemeines Krankenhaus St. Georg, Lohmühlenstrasse 5, 2000 Hamburg 1, Germany.


Kiel Lymphoma Study Group


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Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(5):364-370. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-117-5-364
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Objective: To describe the clinical course of patients with angioimmunoblastic lymphadenopathy (AILD)-type lymphoma with a sequential treatment with prednisone and COPBLAM/IMVP-16.

Design: A multicenter, prospective, nonrandomized trial.

Setting: University medical centers and community hospitals.

Patients: Sixty-seven patients were registered, 28 were excluded, and 39 patients were evaluable for response (median age, 59 years; range, 25 to 82 years) (stages I and II, 10%; stages III and IV, 90%; B symptoms, 74%).

Measurements: Response, survival, and relapse.

Intervention: Patients initially received prednisone and no further treatment if a complete remission was achieved. Relapsing or refractory patients were treated with COPBLAM/IMVP-16. Patients with life-threatening tumor progression or extension received COPBLAM/IMVP-16 initially. Treatments were chosen in accordance with tumor extension and response to prednisone. Treatment modalities were not compared.

Results: Twenty-eight patients received primary prednisone, 18 received secondary prednisone, and 11 received primary chemotherapy. The complete response rates (with 95% Cls) were 29% (Cl, 12% to 46%), 56% (Cl, 33% to 79%), and 64% (Cl, 36% to 92%), respectively. The median observation time of surviving patients was 28 months (range, 7 to 53). The median overall survival time was 15 months. The probabilities (with 95% Cls) of overall survival, event-free survival, and relapse at 36 months were 40.5% (Cl, 24% to 56%), 32.3% (Cl, 17% to 47%), and 34.6% (Cl, 14% to 56%), respectively. At the time of evaluation, 22 of 39 patients had died, 7 of noninfectious complications and 14 of infections.

Conclusions: Prednisone with or without COPBLAM/IMVP-16 treatment in AILD-type lymphoma leads to complete remissions in about half of the patients and in long-term, disease-free survival for one third.

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