Importance of lymphangiography in clinically suspected primary malignant lymphomas
Cell Transformation, Viral
Receptors, Cell Surface
Four hundred and ten patients with clinical suspicion of a malignant lymphoma were referred for lymphangiography. Localized or generalized lymph node enlargement was a leading symptom. A primary malignant lymphoma was diagnosed in 84 of 131 patients with abnormal lymphangiogram; 16 patients were found to have metastatic solid tumors and 18 patients inflammatory diseases. Lymphangiography is an important diagnostic tool in the initial investigation of clinically suspected malignant lymphoma, but metastatic solid tumors or inflammatory lymphatic diseases should not be overlooked in the differential diagnosis.