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Best Pract Res Clin Gastroenterol. 2010 Feb;24(1):35-42. doi: 10.1016/j.bpg.2009.12.001.

Primary gastrointestinal tract mantle cell lymphoma as multiple lymphomatous polyposis.

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  • 1Department of Gastroenterology, Hôpital Saint-Antoine, Paris, France.


Primary gastrointestinal involvement of mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is rare with a frequency reported between 4 and 9% of all gastrointestinal B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphomas. It was first described and so-called as multiple lymphomatous polyposis (MLP). Its clinical presentation is usually characteristic, with multiple lymphomatous polyps involving several digestive tract segments and a marked tendency towards extra-intestinal spread. The constant and typical phenotypic features of the small cleaved tumour cells, characterised as CD20+, CD5+ CD23- with a t(11;14) (q13;q32) and cyclin D1 overexpression on immunochemistry, allow MLP to be considered as the gastrointestinal counterpart of peripheral nodal MCL. They both share a very poor outcome. Response to intensive chemotherapy regimens usually results in regression of macroscopic and sometimes microscopic lesions but remissions are short and median survival from 3 to 4 years. Prognosis has been significantly improved since in younger patients, intensive front-line immunochemotherapy with autologous stem cell transplantation has been proposed. Earlier diagnosis with further studies integrating novel agents are still required to determine the optimal treatment with less toxicity.

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