alexa Missed Diagnosis of Hodgkin Lymphoma

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Missed Diagnosis of Hodgkin Lymphoma

A 44-year-old woman was admitted to the emergency room presenting a voluminous neck and axillary tumor associated with an upper left limb swelling and progressively severe dyspnea. At triage, the patient stated that the swelling had presented itself about three years earlier and that during this time she had never sought medical care, had self-prescribed steroid medication and had managed to camouflage the bulky mass to her relatives. Clinical examination showed a massive swelling with evidence of mediastinal syndrome (venous distension of the neck, upper limb oedema, compensatory collateral circles and shortness of breath) (Figure 1). Laboratory evaluation showed an increased neutrophil count (18.5×103/μl) and lymphopenia (0.45×103/μl), probably related to steroid abuse. Inflammatory markers were elevated, while LDH was only slightly increased (274 UI/l, UNL 225 UI/l). A total body, contrast-enhanced CT scan revealed bulky lymphadenopathy involving the left retro-mandibular, laterocervical and mediastinal districts (75×65 mm), as well as left axilla (80×80 and 90×120 mm) dislocating the local vascular structures..read more

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