oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Unusual clinical presentations of intermediate lymphocytic lymphoma

Volume 35, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Three patients with previously unreported presentations of the follicular or mantle zone variant of intermediate lymphocytic lymphoma are descriptionbed. In each case lymph node histopathology showed the presence of non-neoplastic follicular structures containing germinal centre-like areas and widened mantle zones in which the component small lymphocytes consisted of an admixture of a typical lymphoid cells. The nuclear contour of these cells was irregular or indented and they expressed an IgM lambda phenotype. The patients were typical in being over 50 years of age, anaemic with stage IV disease by virtue of bone marrow involvement, and having generalized lymphadenopathy and marked hepatosplenomegaly. Conversely, the clinical features in each case were unusual, being the nephrotic syndrome due to mesangioproliferative glomerulonephritis in one, extensive lymphomatous involvement of the ileum in the second, and recurrent pneumonia and abscess formation in the third. These associations are further examples of the way in which patients with this unusual lymphoma may present.

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