Do pathologic features predict prognosis in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma?

J. F. Vago, D. D. Weisenburger, James Olen Armitage

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Abstract

We analyzed 47 immunologically confirmed cases of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBL) to determine whether the histologic type, surface immunoglobulin (Ig) phenotype, or mitotic rate predicted the clinical outcome. All patients were uniformly staged and uniformly treated with one six-drug protocol. Seventeen cases were subclassified as the noncleaved cell type (DLBL-NC), 23 cases as the immunoblastic type (DLBL-IBL), and 7 cases as other follicular center cell (FCC) types (DLBL-O). The predicted two-year actuarial survival for patients with DLBL-O (82%) was significantly longer than for those with DLBL-NC (35%; p = 0.05). The immunologic phenotype and mitotic rate also predicted the clinical outcome. The predicted two-year survival for patients with DLBL having a surface IgG phenotype (64%) was longer than for those having a surface IgM phenotype (29%; p = 0.06), and the two-year survival for patients with FCC-derived DLBL (DLBL-NC plus DLBL-O) having a surface IgG phenotype (80%) was significantly loger than for those with a surface IgM phenotype (0%; p = 0.02). Similarly, the two-year survival for patients with DLBL having <30 mitoses (68%) was significantly longer than for those having ≥30 mitoses per 10 high-power fields (28%; p = 0.01). These findings are considered preliminary, and additional studies of a large number of similar patients are necessary for their confirmation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-225
Number of pages9
JournalHematologic Pathology
Volume1
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1987

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Hematology

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