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Intestinal Research 2011;9(1):19-26.
DOI:    Published online April 30, 2011.
The Early Diagnostic Accuracy for Gastrointestinal T-cell Lymphoma from a Perspective of Gastroenterologists
Sung Ho Ryu, Jae Hee Cheon, Jin Young Kim, Bo Kyung Kim, Jin Young Yoon, Yoon Suk Jung, Hyun Mi Heo, Jin Ha Lee, Soung Min Jeon, Sung Pil Hong, Tae Il Kim, Won Ho Kim
Department of Internal Medicine and Institute of Gastroenterology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
위장관 T 세포 림프종에 대한 소화기내과 의사의 초기 진단 정확도
류성호, 천재희, 김진영, 김보경, 윤진영, 정윤숙, 허현미, 이진하, 전승민, 홍성필, 김태일, 김원호
연세대학교 의과대학 내과학교실, 소화기병연구소
Primary T-cell lymphoma of the gastrointestinal tract is a very difficult disease entity to diagnose, and has an extremely poor prognosis. The aim of this study was to determine the early diagnostic accuracy for gastrointestinal T-cell lymphoma by gastroenterologists. Methods: Between January 2000 and October 2010, the clinical features of 15 patients with primary gastrointestinal T-cell lymphomas, including endoscopic findings, radiologic diagnosis, endoscopic biopsy findings, and final diagnosis, were retrospectively reviewed. Results: The most common initial presenting symptoms of primary gastrointestinal T-cell lymphomas was abdominal pain (n=11, 73%). The anatomic location of the primary lesion the small bowel (n=8, 53%), colon (n=5, 33%), and stomach (n=3, 20%). There were no cases of T-cell lymphomas diagnosed based on clinical symptoms, radiologic findings, or endoscopic findings without biopsy alone. Pathologic confirmation of T-cell lymphomas by endoscopic examination was achieved in 7 cases (64%) and the remaining cases (n=8, 53%) were diagnosed with T-cell lymphomas based on pathologic examination after surgery. Conclusions: All of the patients with primary T-cell lymphomas of the gastrointestinal tract were diagnosed exclusively by endoscopic or surgical pathologic examainations, suggesting that gastroenterologists should scrutinize and suspect this disease with caution due to atypical gastrointestinal ulcers. (Intest Res 2011;9: 6-26)
Key Words: Primary Gastrointestinal T-cell Lymphoma, Gastroenterologist, Early Diagnostic Accuracy
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