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Minerva Chirurgica 2002 April;57(2):217-20

language: Italian

Primary non-Hodgkin's lymphoma of the colon: a rare but possible location. Therapeutic approach. Description of a clinical case and review of the literature

Genovese A. M., Fedele F., Barbera A., Fonti M. T., Rossitto M., De Jesi F., Ciccolo A.


On the basis of a case of large cell, highly malignant, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma of the colon, the authors describe the special features of this rare location; the general aspects of this rare pathology of the colon are then considered. The clinical case relates to a large cell, highly malignant, non-Hodgkin's colic lymphoma located in the caecum at two thirds proximally of the ascending colon of which it occupies half the lumen. The patient had come to our observation for a quite aspecific symptomatology characterised by digestive disturbances and a tendency to stipsis. In disaccord with certain literature reports, surgical treatment was considered by the authors the key to the therapeutic approach. Surgical exeresis should be as radical as possible to permit complementary therapies (chemotherapy and radio-therapy) to act with most effectiveness and thus offer the patient a better life.

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