Primary Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma of the parotid gland

Francesco Dispenza, Carlo Dispenza, Giuseppe Cicero, Gautham Kulamarva, Francesco Dispenza, Carlo Dispenza, Donatella Marchese, Gianluca Mortellaro, Giuseppe Cicero

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Primary malignant lymphomas in the salivary glands are relatively rare. Clinical presentation is not characteristic and the disease is often overlooked resulting in diagnosis and treatment delays.AimTo stress the importance of the diagnostic process and combined management, we present a series of eight patients with malignant lymphoma of the parotid who were diagnosed only after surgery and managed with radiation and chemotherapy.MethodsRetrospective series of patients with primary malignant lymphoma of the parotid gland managed with radiotherapy and diagnostic surgical partial resection.ResultsAfter treatment completion we achieved a loco-regional control rate of 87.5%. Toxicity was charted according to the Common Toxicity Criteria and it was seen in six patients (75%). Six patients are still alive without evidence of recurrent disease in their last follow-up.ConclusionOur study confirms that primary early stage Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma of the parotid gland is a disease with an excellent prognosis and a good local control rate, with minimal morbidity.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
JournalBrazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
Publication statusPublished - 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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