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Title: Prognostic significance of bone marrow trephine and peripheral blood smears in 55 patients with mantle cell lymphoma
Authors: Pittaluga, S ×
Verhoef, Gregor
Criel, A
Maes, Alex
Nuyts, Johan
Boogaerts, Marc
Peeters, C #
Issue Date: Mar-1996
Series Title: Leukemia & lymphoma vol:21 issue:1-2 pages:115-25
Abstract: Bone marrow trephine and peripheral blood smears taken at diagnosis of 55 cases of well-documented mantle cell lymphomas were reviewed in order to analyse the leukaemic involvement in this non-Hodgkin's lymphoma: its incidence, morphological characteristics and prognostic significance. A median survival of 36 months was found. The median age was 61 and the male to female ratio was 4:1. Morphologically 7 cases presented with a mantle zone pattern, all the others had a diffuse pattern. Involvement of the bone marrow was found in 58% and a trend for prolonged survival in patients with a negative trephine was seen. An absolute lymphocytosis above 10,000 mu l was found at diagnosis in 5 cases (10%) and had a statistically significant impact on survival. An additional 5 cases developed frank leukaemia during the course of the disease and died within 1 to 6 months of this evolution, suggesting that marked lymphocytosis is more a terminal event associated with an extremely poor prognosis than a presenting symptom. Finally we identified an additional parameter with statistically prognostic significance, namely, the presence of atypical cells in the peripheral blood even in the absence of an increased lymphocytosis.
ISSN: 1042-8194
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Hematology Section (-)
Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging
× corresponding author
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