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Jornal Português de Gastrenterologia

versão impressa ISSN 0872-8178

J Port Gastrenterol. vol.21 no.3 Lisboa jun. 2014 



Shapeshifting lymphoma - Diagnosis through endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration combined with flow cytometry

Linfoma ‘‘metamórfico’’ - diagnóstico por punção de agulha fina guiada por ecoendoscopia combinada com citometria de fluxo


Pedro Figueiredoa,∗, Pedro Pinto-Marquesb, Nuno Ladeirac

a Department of Gastroenterology, Hospital Garcia de Orta, Almada, Portugal

b Department of Gastroenterology, Hospital da Luz, Lisboa, Portugal

c Department of Gastroenterology, Hospital Central do Funchal, Funchal, Portugal

*Corresponding author


An 18-year-old man presented with epigastric pain and progressive jaundice. His past medical history was remarkable for the diagnosis of nodular sclerosing Hodgkin’s lymphoma (HL) (stage IIa - cervical and mediastinum) 10 months before, for which he underwent chemoradiation therapy. Of note, he was in remission for the last 2 months before the current symptoms.

CT imaging revealed a heterogeneous 30mm pancreatic head mass, causing dilation of both the common bile duct and pancreatic duct (Fig. 1). These findings were replicated on EUS, with no other significant findings, namely mediastinal or abdominal adenopathies. FNA was performed using a 22-gauge ProCore needle. The samples were sent to pathological examination and flow cytometry (FC). The results of the analysis were surprising as they unveiled a high-grade B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) (Figs. 2, 3 e 4). This cast doubt on the previous diagnosis of HL, which was reviewed and confirmed.






The occurrence of a metachronous form of NHL in a patient with HL is exceedingly rare, especially the extranodal involvement in the absence of nodal disease.1 Moreover, in a setting of HL, echoendoscopists do not regularly send samples for FC, as this analysis has not proved useful in the detection of the Reed-Sternberg cells.2 However, given the clinical context putting forth the hypothesis of secondary pancreatic involvement by lymphoma as well as a previous report of missed NHL diagnosis in a background of HL, FC was performed.3 In a difficult case with broad spectrum differential, this proved to be invaluable by rapidly pointing to a NHL and by improving the diagnostic certainty of the pathology analysis obtained later on. It raises the question as to whether echoendoscopists should systematically obtain FC samples in patients with HL.



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3. Ribeiro A, Pereira D, Escalon MP, Goodman M, Byrne Jr GE. EUSguided biopsy for the diagnosis and classification of lymphoma. Gastrointest Endosc. 2010;71:851-5.         [ Links ]


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Conflicts of interest

The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.


*Corresponding author

E-mail address: (P. Figueiredo).


Received 15 December 2013; accepted 6 February 2014