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Primary cervical lymphoma: Report of two cases and review of the literature

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hacettepe University, Engüri, Ankara, Turkey
Gynecologic Oncology (Impact Factor: 3.69). 10/2005; 98(3):484-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2005.04.040
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ABSTRACT Primary lymphoma arising from the female genital tract has been rarely encountered. Primary cervical lymphoma is even rarer in gynecologic oncology practice and accounts for approximately only 1% of extranodal lymphomas. In this article, two cases of cervical lymphoma are presented with a review of the available literature.
A 51-year-old woman presented with abnormal vaginal discharge. On pelvic examination, cervix was apparently normal; however, a solid and mobile pelvic mass was palpated. Pap smear was reported as HSIL at another institution. Radiological evaluation revealed a cervical mass with a 3 cm diameter. Histopathological evaluation of LEEP material was reported as diffuse large B cell lymphoma. We performed abdominal hysterectomy plus bilateral salphingo-oopherectomy and the patient was treated with adjuvant 6 cycles of CHOP chemotherapy. A second case was a 49-year-old postmenopausal woman who had undergone a routine gynecologic follow-up examination without any complaint at another institution. Routine cytological smear revealed HSIL. Punch biopsy under colposcopic examination presented no remarkable pathology except for a benign inflammation. Due to discordance between cytology and histology, LEEP was performed under colposcopic examination, which revealed follicular lymphoma grade III. This patient was treated with 6 cycles CHOP chemotherapy without any surgery.
Primary cervical lymphoma is a rare disorder. Although most reported cases in the literature have a normal Pap smear, some may represent with co-existent cytological abnormalities. Therefore, cervical lymphomas should be kept in mind in patients with cytological abnormalities.

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