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of 'Clinical manifestations, pathologic features, and diagnosis of splenic marginal zone lymphoma'

Splenic marginal-zone lymphoma: a distinct clinical and pathological entity.
Thieblemont C, Felman P, Callet-Bauchu E, Traverse-Glehen A, Salles G, Berger F, Coiffier B
Lancet Oncol. 2003;4(2):95.
In the World Health Organization classification system, splenic marginal-zone lymphoma (splenic MZL) is described as an indolent B-cell lymphoma, which generally presents as splenomegaly with involvement of the bone marrow and peripheral blood. Presence of disease in peripheral lymph nodes and extranodal locations is uncommon. Splenic MZL is characterised by micronodular infiltration of the spleen with marginal-zone differentiation; the immunophenotype is usually IgM+ IgD+/- cytoplasmic-Ig-/+ pan B antigens+ CD5- CD10- CD23- CD43-/+ cyclin D1-; and the most common genetic abnormalities are deletions at 7q22-7q32. Most patients with splenic MZL live for a long time but classic prognostic factors cannot distinguish between patients who are likely to have good and poor outcomes. However, immunological events, such as haemolytic anaemia and immune thrombocytopenia, or the presence of a monoclonal component, are significantly associated with shorter survival. Splenectomy is considered the first-line treatment of choice for splenic MZL; it results in only partial remission, but responses are generally sufficient for correcting cytopenia, improving quality of life, and increasing survival.
Haematology Department, Centre Hospitalier Lyon Sud, Pierre-, Bénite, France.