Current Respiratory Medicine Reviews

Joseph Varon  
The University of Texas Health Science Center
Houston, TX


Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma with Involvement of the Chest Wall

Author(s): William H. Porr, Jonathan L. Henderson, Michael J. Morris.


The development of a solitary chest wall mass due to underlying malignant lymphoma is an uncommon clinical presentation. Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, a type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, can affect multiple organs including the lungs and pleural space. In some instances, there may be preexisting inflammation such as a chronic pyothorax before lymphoma arises in these locations. Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma may frequently disseminate to extranodal sites, but involvement of the chest wall has been reported in nearly 100 cases. This report details an unusual presentation of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma from an enlarging chest wall mass and an underlying lymphomatous pleural effusion.

Keywords: Chest wall mass, lymphoma, pleural effusion, pyothorax.

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Article Details

Year: 2013
Page: [75 - 78]
Pages: 4
DOI: 10.2174/1573398X11309020002
Price: $58