Incidental lymphomas (ILs) are rare and challenging lesions with poorly characterized clinical-epidemiological and histological features. The present study addressed the open issues concerning these tumors, by assessing the clinical-pathological features of 28 consecutive ILs, diagnosed over a 10-year period at a tertiary center for surgical pathology. ILs were more frequently documented in elderly males (mean age at surgery 70.8 years; M/F ratio 3.3), with sharp prevalence of gastrointestinal and urinary tract involvement (22/28 [78.6%] cases). Low-grade B-cell lymphomas outnumbered all other entities, and chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL) was the most common subtype (18/28 [64.3%] cases). Compared to other ILs, CLL/SLL occurred at older age and was the sole lymphoid neoplasm affecting the urinary tract. In conclusion, ILs are rare lesions, mostly affecting the gastrointestinal and urinary tract of elderly males. The diagnosis of IL is based on a high degree of suspicion and on careful morphological/phenotypic characterization.

Incidental lymphomas in surgical pathology: diagnostic clues and clinical-pathological correlations

Pizzi, Marco
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Sbaraglia, Marta;Bellan, Alberto;Santoro, Luisa;Dal Santo, Luca;De Bartolo, Debora;Visentin, Andrea;Trentin, Livio;Dei Tos, Angelo Paolo
2022

Abstract

Incidental lymphomas (ILs) are rare and challenging lesions with poorly characterized clinical-epidemiological and histological features. The present study addressed the open issues concerning these tumors, by assessing the clinical-pathological features of 28 consecutive ILs, diagnosed over a 10-year period at a tertiary center for surgical pathology. ILs were more frequently documented in elderly males (mean age at surgery 70.8 years; M/F ratio 3.3), with sharp prevalence of gastrointestinal and urinary tract involvement (22/28 [78.6%] cases). Low-grade B-cell lymphomas outnumbered all other entities, and chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL) was the most common subtype (18/28 [64.3%] cases). Compared to other ILs, CLL/SLL occurred at older age and was the sole lymphoid neoplasm affecting the urinary tract. In conclusion, ILs are rare lesions, mostly affecting the gastrointestinal and urinary tract of elderly males. The diagnosis of IL is based on a high degree of suspicion and on careful morphological/phenotypic characterization.
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