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Coll Antropol. 2010 Jun;34(2):413-7.

Primary gastrointestinal non-Hodgkin lymphoma in adults: clinicopathologic and survival characteristics.

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Department of Medicine, "Merkur" University Hospital, Zagreb, Croatia.


Primary non-Hodgkin lymphomas of gastrointestinal tract (PGI-NHL) are the most common extranodal lymphomas with an increasing incidence. The incidence, clinicopathologic characteristics, treatment and survival were assessed in 39 successive, newly diagnosed PGI-NHL patients (23 male and 16 female) treated at "Merkur" University Hospital. The aim of the study was to precisely evaluate their characteristics and compare them with the results reported from other similar studies. The most common site of PGI-NHL was stomach (n = 29, 74%), followed by small intestine (n = 5, 13%), and colon and rectosigmoid (n = 5, 13%). According to the Ann Arbor classification, 34 (87%) patients had stage IE and IIE, and five patients (12%) stage IIIE and IVE. According to World Health Organization (WHO) classification, 29 (87%) patients had diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLCBL), two had mantle cell lymphoma, and seven (18%) had marginal zone B-cell lymphoma-mucosa associated tissue (MALT). Twenty-six (66%) patients underwent surgical resection followed by chemotherapy, ten (26%) were treated with chemotherapy alone, and three (8%) were treated surgically. Complete remission was achieved in 28 (72%) and partial remission in seven (18%) patients. Four (10%) patients had progressive disease. In our patients, the major prognostic factor for outcome was the stage of disease. Patients with localized lymphoma (stage IE and IIE) had a significantly longer overall survival: 85% at five years and 65% at ten years. Patients with extended disease (stage IIIE and IVE) had overall survival less than 33%. The prognostic power of erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), total protein, serum albumin, LDH concentration and activity was analyzed. Of these parameters, only LDH had a statistically significant effect on overall survival. In conclusion, our patient group was comparable to other literature reports on PGI-NHL patients according to clinicopathologic characteristics. Disease stage and LDH were the only parameters that had a statistically significant effect patient survival.

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