Primary intracerebral lymphoma: a clinicopathological analysis of 14 patients presenting over a 10-year period in Sheffield

M S Dorreen, J W Ironside, J D Bradshaw, J Jakubowski, W R Timperley, B W Hancock

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Intracerebral disease was diagnosed in 14 out of 450 patients who presented with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma between January 1976 and January 1987. Twelve of the 14 presented after June 1980. Age ranged from 31 to 73 years and eight patients were male. Two patients had other tumours, and three had relevant associated immunosuppressive disorders. Radiological assessment of one further patient showed a cavitating bronchial carcinoma. Five patients were untreated, and one died before radiotherapy was complete. Eight patients completed courses of whole-brain irradiation; four of these received higher doses. All entered remission. Three patients are alive, between eight months and seven years after treatment. Of the remaining five, one never recovered intellectual function and died of bronchopneumonia; three died between eight and 30 months after treatment and autopsy showed severe radionecrosis of the brain with no residual tumour. All three had received higher doses of radiation and had undergone burrhole aspiration before treatment. Autopsy was refused on one patient who also appeared to have died from radionecrosis of the brain. Immunohistological examination in eight cases confirms that cerebral non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is a B-cell tumour. As other groups have found, its incidence appears to be rising. Survival rate is poor, and at least some deaths are related to both radiation necrosis and the bulk of residual tumour after diagnostic surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-404
Number of pages18
JournalQuarterly journal of medicine
Issue number253
Publication statusPublished - May 1988


  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Brain Neoplasms
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prognosis
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed


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