The role of surgery in the clinical management of primary gastrointestinal non-hodgkin's Lymphoma

Ian T. Mac Queen, Evan M. Shannon, Aaron J. Dawes, Nora Ostrzega, Marcia M. Russell, Melinda Maggard-Gibbons

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Primary gastrointestinal nonHodgkin's lymphoma (PGINHL) is a heterogeneous family of tumors, with treatment modalities including chemotherapy, surgery, and radiotherapy. Because the role of surgery in PGINHL remains disputed, this study aims to assess the impact of operative resection on survival. We used a pathology database to identify all cases of PGINHL diagnosed at a single academicaffiliated medical center from 1988 to 2013. Demographic and clinical data were abstracted from the medical record. We summarized the clinical courses of patients with PGINHL and then performed a survival analysis to compare overall and diseasefree survival, stratified by demographic and clinical variables. We identified 33 patients diagnosed with PGINHL during the study period. Of 29 who subsequently received treatment at the institution, 15 initially underwent chemotherapy, 10 underwent surgical resection, and 4 underwent surgery for other reasons such as diagnosis without resection or management of disease complications. Three patients suffered surgical complications and two of these patients died. We found no difference in overall survival between patients receiving surgical resection and patients managed initially with chemotherapy. This case series supports a continued role for surgical resection in the management of patients with PGINHL, though anticipated benefits should be weighed against the risk of complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)988-994
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Surgeon
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015

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