Dept. of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery (흉부외과학); Dept. of Internal Medicine (내과학); Dept. of Pathology (병리학)
Clinical Analysis of Primary Malignant Lymphoma of the Lung
School of Medicine
435-440, Vol.2007(40) : 6-6, Clinical Analysis of Primary Malignant Lymphoma of the Lung
Background: Primary malignant lymphoma of the lung is a very rare neoplasm. Although the prognosis of lymphoma is favorable, the clinical features, prognostic factors and management have not been clearly defined. Material and Method: We retrospectively reviewed the records of 8 patients we managed between 1994 and 2000. They all had malignant lymphoma on the pathologic examination of the lung wit no evidence of mediastinal adenopathy and extrathoracic disease, and no past history of lymphoma. Result: The study group consisted of 3 males and 5 female patients with a mean age of 53.9 years. Three patients were asymtomatic and 5 patients were seer with pulmonary or systemic symptoms. The diagnostic methods were 3 CT needle aspiration biopsies, 1 bronchoscopic biopsy and 4 surgical methods (wedge resection, lobectomy). There were 3 patients with MALT lymphoma, two with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, two with small lymphocytic lymphom, and one with follicular lymphoma. The 8 patients were treated with a variety of modalities, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and combination therapy. The 8 patients have survived for a median follow-up of 38 months. Conclusiian: Although this entity of lymphoma appears to have a good prognosis, further clinical experience and long-term follow-up are needed to identify its clinical features, prognostic factors and management.