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Histopathology. 1999 Oct;35(4):345-54.

Clinicopathological analysis of 501 non-Hodgkin's lymphomas in Korea according to the revised European-American classification of lymphoid neoplasms.

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Department of Pathology, Korea Cancer Center Hospital, Seoul.



The clinical relevance of the Revised European-American Classification of Lymphoid Neoplasms (REAL) is still debated. To test the clinical validity of the REAL classification in Korea, where the incidence of T-cell lymphoma is higher, we investigated the clinicopathological features of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) from Korea Cancer Center Hospital.


Five hundred and one patients with NHL were reclassified according to the REAL classification and clinicopathologically analysed. Immunophenotypically, B-cell lymphoma accounted for 67.9% and T- and NK-cell type for 30.5%. Approximately 48.5% of cases were forms of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), while only 5.4% were follicular lymphoma. Peripheral T-cell lymphoma unspecified (PTCL-U; 10.8%) and angiocentric lymphomas (11.8%) comprised the majority of T-cell lymphomas. Most of the angiocentric lymphomas presented with localized nasal/nasopharyngeal or tonsillar primaries. All peripheral T-cell lymphomas (PTCL) showed a significantly low overall survival compared to DLBCL (P = 0.02, log rank). Overall survival rates for DLBCL and PTCL-U were also significantly different (P = 0.0043, log rank), though for DLBCL and angiocentric lymphoma there was no significant difference (P = 0.2142, log rank). Angiocentric lymphoma, however, was characterized by a shorter median survival time than DLBCL (54 months vs. 96 months). Among DLBCL patients according to the REAL classification, overall survival was significantly better in nonimmunoblastic type (intermediate-grade, WF-F,G) as compared to large cell immunoblastic type (high-grade, WF-H) (log rank, P < 0.001). The morphological distinction of the immunoblastic and nonimmunoblastic among DLBCL of the REAL classification bears significant prognostic relevance worthy of further consideration.


We conclude that lineage assignment (T vs. B) in the REAL classification is a clinically important distinction, but that it is necessary to subdivide the broad category of DLBCL.

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