Cytogenetic study of two cases with lymphoma of mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue

J. Whang-Peng, T. Knutsen, E. Jaffe, M. Raffeld, W. P. Zhao, P. Duffey, D. L. Longo

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Cytogenetic studies have been reported in fewer than 20 patients with lymphoma of mucosa associated lymphoid tissue (MALT). Two patients with this disease at the Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health had numerical and structural chromosome abnormalities, including +12 in both cases. The clonal karyotypes observed were 48-49,XX,t(2;8)(q33;p23), +3, -10,del(10)(q23), +12, +18 [cp] and 47,X, -X,i(6p), +7, +inv(12)(p13q13). Review of cytogenetic studies from published data showed that all cases of MALT lymphoma reported to date also have both numerical and structural chromosome abnormalities, the most frequent being numerical involvement of chromosomes 3, 7, and 12. Identification of a clonal abnormality can help establish the diagnosis when differential diagnosis includes atypical hyperplasia. Although trisomy 12 has been associated with a poor prognosis in B-cell chronic lymphocytic lymphoma (B-CLL), both these patients with MALT lymphoma have had long survival: 8 and 11 years, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-80
Number of pages7
JournalCancer Genetics and Cytogenetics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cancer Research


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