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Expert Rev Anticancer Ther. 2006 Nov;6(11):1609-28.

Primary gastrointestinal tract lymphoma: diagnosis and management of common neoplasms.

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  • 1University of Toronto, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, Toronto General Hospital, Department of Pathology, 200 Elizabeth Street, 11th Floor, Residents and Fellows Room, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Primary gastrointestinal lymphoma represents the most common location of extranodal lymphoma. With the bulk of disease manifesting within the gastrointestinal tract and contiguous lymph nodes, many of the lymphomas occurring in the peripheral lymph nodes can also present with primary gastrointestinal tract involvement. Molecular biology has recently enabled significant progress in the diagnosis and management of primary gastrointestinal lymphoma. Herein, we will discuss the major lymphomas affecting the bowel and highlight their key morphological, immunophenotypical and molecular diagnostic attributes. Similarly, in keeping with recent therapeutic advances, we will briefly discuss some important treatment considerations. Thus, this review is intended to offer clinicians and pathologists an overview of primary gastrointestinal lymphomas.

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