Author(s): Ravindra KV, Stringer MD, Prasad KR, Kinsey SE, Lodge JP
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Abstract BACKGROUND: Obstructive jaundice is a rare presenting feature of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). Lymphomatous masses in the peripancreatic and hepatic hilar regions are potentially difficult to diagnose. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was undertaken of patients presenting with obstructive jaundice secondary to NHL at a tertiary care hepatobiliary unit. RESULTS: Over a 7-year period, six adults and three children with NHL were managed. The site of the lymphomatous mass was at the hepatic hilum in six patients and the peripancreatic area in three. Diagnostic procedures included a laparotomy and biopsy in four patients, hepatic trisectionectomy in two, percutaneous biopsy in two and lymph node biopsy in one patient. Percutaneous biopsy confirmed the diagnosis in both the patients in whom it was attempted. One patient died following liver resection. Chemotherapy was the mainstay of treatment and achieved complete remission in four patients, partial remission in three and no response in one patient. Two patients subsequently required operation for a benign biliary stricture after achieving complete remission. CONCLUSION: NHL must be considered in the differential diagnosis of obstructive jaundice in adults and children. Attempts must be made to diagnose the condition using non-operative techniques. Chemotherapy is the mainstay of treatment. Late benign strictures of the bile duct requiring operation may develop. Copyright 2003 British Journal of Surgery Society Ltd. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
This article was published in Br J Surg
and referenced in Journal of Blood Disorders & Transfusion