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Pathologic Splenic Rupture as the Presentation of Mantle Cell Lymphoma


Strickland, A and Marsden, KA and McArdle, J and Lowenthal, RM, Pathologic Splenic Rupture as the Presentation of Mantle Cell Lymphoma, Leukemia and Lymphoma, 41, (1-2) pp. 197-201. ISSN 1042-8194 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.3109/10428190109057971


Pathologic splenic rupture in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) is a rare event, with 32 cases previously reported. Initial presentation of NHL with this complication is even rarer. We report such a case in an 80-year-old man with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). It is notable that of the previously reported cases of pathologic rupture, three have occurred in MCL, suggesting that patients with this uncommon subtype of NHL may be particularly vulnerable to pathologic splenic rupture. Following splenectomy the patient's disease behaved in a high-grade fashion. Despite an initially encouraging response, his disease ran an aggressive course and he succumbed within four months. This case demonstrates the presentation of MCL with pathologic splenic rupture, as well as the potentially highly malignant behaviour of the disease.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Oncology and carcinogenesis
Research Field:Oncology and carcinogenesis not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Marsden, KA (Dr Katherine Marsden)
UTAS Author:McArdle, J (Dr John McArdle)
UTAS Author:Lowenthal, RM (Professor Ray Lowenthal)
ID Code:21780
Year Published:2001
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2001-08-01
Last Modified:2002-07-09

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