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Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma of the Tongue Presenting as an Ulcerative Lesion

Author(s): Negar Azarpira | Mohammad Javad Ashraf | Bijan Khademi

Journal: Middle East Journal of Cancer
ISSN 2008-6709

Volume: 2;
Issue: 3 ;
Start page: 125;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Lymphoma | Tongue | Waldeyer's ring.

Malignant lymphoma may occur in the oral cavity and oropharynx, but is most commonly located in Waldeyer's ring, particularly in the palatine and lingual tonsil. The occurrence of malignant lymphoma in the tongue is very rare. Clinical features are nonspecific ulcerative lesions that do not heal. In the literature, the majority of casesare non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, diffuse large B cell type; however T-cell phenotype also may occur. We describe a 60-year-old man who presented with an ulcerative mass in the left lateral aspect of his tongue, unresponsive to medical therapy. After tissue biopsy, histopathological and immunohistochemical analyses confirmed a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, diffuse large B cell type.
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