1Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Sonography-guided cutting needle biopsy for the diagnosis of malignant lymphoma has recently come into wide use. However, surgery is sometimes unavoidable for the diagnosis of malignant lymphoma, particularly for low-grade malignantlymphoma such as extranodal marginal zone B-cell lymphoma of mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue, because cutting needle biopsy offers limited diagnostic accuracy for low-grade malignant lymphoma. Of course, unnecessary invasive procedures like open biopsy should be avoided wherever possible, given the cosmetic problems and burden on the patient. We tried to diagnose malignant lymphoma using the combination of cutting needle biopsy, flow cytometry and polymerase chain reaction to identify monoclonal rearrangement of immunoglobulin heavy chain genes. We have used this method in two cases in whom malignant lymphoma was suspected in the head and neck region, allowing diagnosis of mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma in both cases. One case involved a 23-year-old woman with mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma in the parotid glands, and the other involved a 77-year-old man with mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma in the thyroid. The combination of cutting needle biopsy, flow cytometry and immunoglobulin heavy chain gene rearrangement testing might offer a useful alternative to open biopsy for the diagnosis of mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma. We recommend this procedure, particularly for young women or patients with poor performance status in whom malignant lymphoma is suspected.
Am old enough to understand the difference between the Bay of Pigs - and roasting a pig at a epicurian feast. Been thru the hippy, yippie and yuppie years - always remaining who I am.
Very much believe in "Sing your own song - weave your own tapestry"
Am young enough to still know the thrill of new discoveries, the beauty of the evening, to celebrate the joy of another tommorow.
Survived these many decades with a severe medical problems. Sorting out the maze of now having two lymphomas and all their nasty little companions, but I continue.
Besides, being a simple iconoclastic eclectic, have been called many things. An incurable romanticist - with a strong touch of reality. Thinker, intellectual (God, how I hate that term) - been told I am a lion with the heart of the poet.
Know how to wage war and conquer my foes - but would rather be known as one who brings hope and life. To bring hope into anothers life is the ultimate of joys.
Life should be about bringing hope, peace, vision... a sense of purpose beyond yourself.