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Leuk Lymphoma. 2011 Mar;52(3):425-8. doi: 10.3109/10428194.2010.544049.

Alterations in the primary diagnosis of lymphomas pretreated with corticosteroid agents.

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Department of Pathology,Soroka University Medical Center and Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel.


Little is known of the role of preliminary corticosteroids in clinical and morphological modifications and in difficulties in reaching a diagnosis in patients with lymphoma. We identified 31 patients who were given steroids before biopsy for primary diagnosis. We looked for the reason for steroid pretreatment, its dose, and duration. We evaluated the difficulty in reaching the primary diagnosis and whether a secondary diagnosis was made. The patients' slides were reviewed to identify secondary histological changes. Our findings suggest a variable effect of prior glucocorticoids on the clinical and histopathological alterations developing in malignant lymphomas, as well as on the complexity of the process of reaching a diagnosis.

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