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[Clinical study of elderly patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma arising in the thyroid].

Authors
  • Niitsu, N
  • Umeda, M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nihon Ronen Igakkai zasshi. Japanese journal of geriatrics
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1998
Volume
35
Issue
1
Pages
39–43
Identifiers
PMID: 9564740
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The study group comprised 10 patients who were referred between 1992 and 1996 with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma arising in the thyroid gland. There were three men and seven women, with a median age of 75 years, and seven of the group had a history of Hashimoto's disease. All 10 patients had hypothyroidism; anti-microsomal antibody was positive in six. The lymphoma was of the diffuse type in all patients (B cell, 9; T cell, 1). Five patients had stage I and five had stage II. Generally, four courses of COP-BLAM therapy were given, followed by radiotherapy (30 Gy). Complete remission was achieved in all patients, and they remained alive and disease-free for a median period of 40 months. Ultrasonography revealed diffuse, an-or hypoechoic confluent nodules, and there was intensification of the posterior acoustic enhancement in most patients. With early diagnosis non-Hodgkin's lymphoma arising in the thyroid of elderly patients, mainly women, can be cured with chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

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