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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 14, Issue 11, Pages 955-957
Brief Communication

Primary Lymphoma of the Liver: A Case Report and Review

Franzjosef Schweiger, Rowen Shinder, and Sheldon Rubin

Departments of Internal Medicine and Pathology, South East Health Care Corporation, The Moncton Hospital, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

Received 11 August 1999; Revised 7 September 1999

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The case of a previously healthy man who developed primary non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma of the liver is presented. Biopsy confirmed that the tumour was of the diffuse large cell type and was of apparent T-cell origin. The diagnosis of these rare tumours is suggested by the presence of a hepatic mass without lymphadenopathy, splenomegaly or bone marrow involvement, as well as normal carcinoembryonic antigen and alpha-fetoprotein levels. However, histological examination of tissue is essential to confirm the diagnosis. The response to treatment varies, but surgical resection and/or chemotherapy can result in prolonged remissions. The literature on this topic is briefly reviewed.