Clinical utility of computed tomography-guided core needle biopsy in the diagnostic re-evaluation of patients with lymphoproliferative disorders and suspected disease progression

N. Goldschmidt, E. Libson, A. Bloom, G. Amir, Ora Paltiel*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

15 Scopus citations

Abstract

Background: Histological transformation is a common clinical event in patients with lymphoproliferative diseases, often requiring a modification in therapy. Minimally invasive biopsy techniques have been used for initial diagnosis of these-disorders but their role has not been systematically evaluated in disease progression. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the yield of computed tomography (CT)-guided core needle biopsy in patients with lymphoproliferative disorders and suspected disease progression. Patients and methods: We performed a retrospective analysis of the records of patients with known lymphoproliferative disorders who underwent CT-guided core needle biopsy during the course of their disease, between 1990 and 2002. Results: A total of 130 patients with lymphoproliferative disorders (91 patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, 21 with Hodgkin's disease, 10 with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, six with combined malignancies and two with Castleman's disease) underwent CT-guided core needle biopsy 4.7 ± 5.1 (standard deviation) (range 0-40) years after initial diagnosis. The procedure was diagnostic in 98 cases (75.4%). In 22 patients (17%) a subsequent open biopsy was performed, and in 10 (7.6%) the final diagnosis remained unconfirmed. Histological transformation was found in 20 cases (15.4%), of which 19 were suspected clinically. A new diagnosis (malignant and non-malignant) was apparent in 18 cases (13.9%) and relapsed or ongoing evidence of the original disease was found in 82 (63%). Conclusions: CT-guided core needle biopsy is a reliable procedure in patients with suspected histological transformation of lymphoproliferative disorders, and should be used as the initial tool for pathological re-evaluation.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1438-1441
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Oncology
Volume14
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Core needle biopsy
  • Diagnosis
  • Image-guided
  • Lymphoproliferative disorders
  • Transformation

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Clinical utility of computed tomography-guided core needle biopsy in the diagnostic re-evaluation of patients with lymphoproliferative disorders and suspected disease progression'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this