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Quintessence Int 41 (2010), No. 2     12. Jan. 2010
Quintessence Int 41 (2010), No. 2  (12.01.2010)

Page 93-97, PubMed:20165740

Palatal swelling as the first and only manifestation of extranodal follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma: A case presentation
Werder, Peter / Altermatt, Hans Jörg / Zbären, Peter / Mueller-Garamvölgyi, Esther / Bornstein, Michael M.
Non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHLs) in the head and neck region are malignant lymphoid neoplasms that usually originate from B-lymphocytic cell lines. Primary extranodal manifestations of this hematolymphoid tumor in the oral cavity are rare and involve the maxillary jaw including the palatal soft tissues, the mandible, and gingival tissues in patients between 60 and 70 years of age without sex predilection. This case report of an extranodal NHL in the palate of a 75-year-old patient emphasizes the importance of accurate clinical, radiographic, and histologic diagnostic procedures to avoid delayed diagnosis or inappropriate treatment strategies. Chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or a combination of the two with a regular clinical and hemic follow-up is recommended.

Keywords: differential diagnosis, extranodal manifestation, hematolymphoid tumor, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, palate