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Arthritis as a presenting feature of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  1. Fernanda Falcinia,
  2. Maria Bardareb,
  3. Rolando Cimazb,
  4. Alma Lippia,
  5. Fabrizia Coronab
  1. aDepartment of Paediatrics, University of Florence, Italy, bDepartment of Paediatrics, University of Milan, Italy
  1. and reprint requests to: Dr Rolando Cimaz, Clinica Pediatrica, Via Commenda 9, 20122 Milano, Italy.


Leukaemia can present with joint swelling in the absence of abnormal haematological findings. Arthritis as a presenting sign of lymphoma, however, is extremely rare. Three children with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma who had joint swelling at the onset of their disease are reported. Two cases showed histological features of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (Ki-l/CD30 positive), and one of angioimmunoblastic T cell lymphoma. In all patients the unusual presentation delayed correct diagnosis.

  • lymphoma
  • arthritis
  • juvenile chronic arthritis

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