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Minerva Medica 1999 May-June;90(5-6):159-64

language: Italian

Malignant lymphomas. Epidemiological review of 150 cases

Chillè G., Tomasello R., Silipigni A. M., Picone G. S., Chiofalo G., Rizzotti P., Caristi N., La Torre F.


In the present paper the incidence of lymphomatous disease in Messina and its province, with growing urbanization and rural limiting areas, is discussed: by analysing 150 cases of malignant limphoma observed at our Institute from 1990 to 1995. The method proposed, based on data obtained from the medical files of these patients, took into consideration various parameters such as age, sex, residence, profession, clinical and bioptic diagnosis, LDH and disease presentation. The final results showed an increase of the risk for NHL in the rural province where the main profession is agriculture or handicraft (ceramics, forged iron, glasswork, refinery), in subjects above 60 years of age; for the HL instead, over the years, a minor incidence of risk has been observed. The data obtained were partially similar to those reported in the international literature. The most present form in NHL was the lymphocytic and the centrocytic follicular form, whill for HL it was the mixed cells form. The relationship between the two sexes was higher in males with HL and almost equal in NHL. The age range mostly affected by HL was between 25 and 65 years of age.

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