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Rheumatic manifestations of lymphoproliferative disorders


Kiltz, U and Brandt, J and Zochling, JM and Braun, J, Rheumatic manifestations of lymphoproliferative disorders, Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology, 25, (1) pp. 35-39. ISSN 0392-856X (2007) [Refereed Article]


Objective: The association between musculoskeletal features and lymphoproliferative disorders as well as the association of rheumatic diseases with an increased risk of malignancies is well-known. Methods: This paper describes three patients with inflammatory joint diseases treated with disease modifying antirheumatic drugs who developed lymphoproliferative disorders either of an abnormal type or with unusual clinical features. Results: The difficulty in differentiating the musculoskeletal symptoms of an underlying lymphoproliferative disease from the features of the rheumatic disease itself with special regard to treatment with disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs including biologics is emphasised on the example of patient 1. Patient 2 presented with a rare type of lymphoma and had been mistakenly diagnosed as having seronegative RA. The last patient with oligoarthritis represents an example of the sarcoidosis-lymphoma syndrome. Conclusion: This article addresses several of the problems rheumatologists may experience with the various rheumatologic manifestations of lymphoproliferative disorders. Until more definitive data are available, patients who develop unexpected arthritis should be considered for histologic biopsy to rule out coexistent neoplasia.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Epidemiology
Research Field:Epidemiology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Zochling, JM (Dr Jane Zochling)
ID Code:49160
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2010-05-19

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