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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-6

Non- Hodgkin's Lymphoma; Epidemiology and Presentation

Hematology/Oncology unit in Child's Central Teaching Hospital/Baghdad

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Background: The non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHL) of childhood are a diverse collection of diseases originating in the cells and organs of immune system. Objectives: To determine epidemiology and clinicopathological presentations of children with NHL admitted to Child's Central Teaching Hospital. Methods: A retrospective study was done from 1st of January 2004 to the 31st of December 2009; the patients with newly diagnosed NHL, age less than 15 years, who were admitted to the pediatric oncology unit in the Child's Central Teaching Hospital. Results: The total number of patients was 84; the mean age at diagnosis was 6.3years, with a male to female ratio of 2:1. Most of patients were presented in stage III&IV (88%).Most common presenting features were abdominal distension or a mass in 51%.Burkitt lymphoma and Burkitt like lymphoma were the most common histological subtype (58.33%). Conclusions: The majority of cases were between 5-9 year age group, and the mean age at presentation was 6.3 years old, with a male to female ratio of 2:1. The most common presenting site was the abdomen. The majority of cases were fallen in advanced stages (III&IV). Histopathologically Burkitt's lymphoma was the commonest subtype.

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