Article Abstract

Primary pancreatic lymphoma: what we need to know

Authors: Neda Rad, Alireza Khafaf, Amir Houshang Mohammad Alizadeh


Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a group of malignant lymphoid which involve various organs including gastrointestinal tract. Stomach and small intestine are commonly involved more; however, pancreas can be primarily involved as well. The secondary involvement of pancreas caused by Hodgkin’s lymphoma is more prevalent than the primarily involvement (1 .25–2.2% vs. <1%). Primary pancreatic lymphomas (PPLs) consist of 1–2% of all lymphoma outside nods. The symptoms and findings of PPL imaging can be akin to that of pancreas adenocarcinoma and differentiating them is difficult without examining the tissue sample. The prognosis and treatment of PPL are different from those of adenocarcinoma and due to the superior prognosis of PPL compared to pancreas adenocarcinoma, the proper diagnosis of the disease is important.