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Clinical manifestations of pulmonary mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma: single-center experience with 18 patients

Authors Zhao S, Zhang L, Gu Z, Zhu C, Fang S, Yang N, Wang F, Guan L, Luo L, Gao C

Received 26 July 2017

Accepted for publication 19 December 2017

Published 24 January 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 555—561


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Editor who approved publication: Prof. Dr. Jianmin Xu

Shasha Zhao,1,2 Lin Zhang,3 Zhenyang Gu,1 Chengying Zhu,1,2 Shu Fang,1 Nan Yang,1 Feiyan Wang,1,2 Lixun Guan,1 Lan Luo,1 Chunji Gao1

1Department of Hematology, Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) General Hospital, Beijing, 2School of Medicine, Nankai University, Tianjin, 3Department of Hematology, First Hospital of Qinhuangdao, Qinhuangdao, China

Purpose: Pulmonary mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma is a rare entity. To date, the optimal treatment for this disease is still under debate. The aim of this study was to analyze and summarize the clinical manifestations and therapeutic experience of 18 pulmonary MALT lymphoma patients to collect information about the optimal treatment modality.
Patients and methods: A retrospective analysis was performed in patients who were diagnosed with pulmonary MALT lymphoma at the Chinese People’s Liberation Army General Hospital from April 1995 to April 2016.
Results: Clinical data of 18 patients were available. The median age was 55 (range, 34–67) years. Also, 61.1% of the patients were male. Only 33.3% had a history of smoking and 27.8% of the patients had tuberculosis. Treatment modalities included surgery alone in 1 patient (5.6%), chemotherapy in 10 patients (55.5%), surgery in combination with chemotherapy in 6 patients (33.3%) and observation in 1 patient (5.6%). Over the median observation period of 93 months, 2 patients died, the median progression-free survival was 6 years, and the estimated 5- and 10-year overall survival rates were 94.1% and 83.7%, respectively. The survival data confirmed the indolent nature of the disease. There was no difference in progression-free survival between the chemotherapy group and the surgery in combination with chemotherapy group.
Conclusion: Pulmonary MALT lymphoma tended to be an indolent disease. In order to preserve the lung function and reduce the risks associated with surgery, chemotherapy might be an optimal choice for the treatment of pulmonary MALT lymphoma.

Keywords: mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma, lung, clinical features, chemotherapy

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