Childhood Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: An Immunophenotypic Analysis

Sajid Hussain Shah, Suhail Muzaffar, Shahid Pervez, Sheema H. Hassan

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Objective: To observe the frequency of histological subtypes of childhood non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and its immunohistochemical profile. Setting: All cases of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosed in children (<15 years) in the section of histopathology at the Aga Khan University Hospital Karachi during the period of three years. Methods: These consecutive cases were evaluated on H&E stained sections and then immunohistochemistry analysis of these tumors was performed by employing Peroxidase Anti-Peroxidase (PAP) technique. Results: The present series included 61 cases of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. NHL was more common in males as compared to females with male to female ratio of 5.8:1. High grade NHL comprised 87% of childhood lymphoma. The mode of presentation in majority of NHL (57%) was extranodal. Burkitt's lymphoma (33%) was the most prevalent histological subtypes, followed by lymphoblastic (28%), diffuse large cell (15%), diffuse mix small and large cell (13%), small non cleaved Non-Burkitt's (7%) and immunoblastic (4%). Immunophenotypic analysis of the childhood Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma revealed that 67% of the Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma are B-cell type while 33% are those of T-cell lineage. Conclusion: NHL was more common in males. Majority of NHL in children were high grade tumors. Burkitt's lymphoma was the most frequent histological subtype. T-cell NHL comprised a significant portion of childhood lymphomas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-91
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2000


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