Primary lymphoma of the parotid Gland: A report of twelve cases with a review of the literature

J. Katz, Y. Marmary, G. Lugassy, R. Ruchlemer, A. Abrahamov, E. Gez, D. W. Nitzan, A. Polliack

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Primary extranodal lymphoma of the salivary gland is an extremely rare disease. In this report we describe twelve cases of primary lymphoma of the parotid gland seen at a single centre, and review the relevant literature. The 12 cases were treated in different departments and did not receive a uniform therapeutic approach. All three patients with Hodgkin's disease are still alive and two are in complete remission after initial radiotherapy. One of these cases developed stage 4 disease and had to receive combination chemotherapy subsequently. Of the 9 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) patients, four had low grade NHL and 5 intermediate or high grade NHL. Of these, 2 died with disseminated disease. However, 6 are still alive and well from 1 to 5 years after therapy. These cases were treated with surgery alone, radiotherapy alone or combination chemotherapy with an anthracycline-bearing regimen. Consequently, we are unable to draw any conclusions relating the success of therapy in these cases, nor can we suggest therapeutic guidelines on the basis of this study alone. The treatment of parotid lymphoma is discussed briefly in the light of the available literature. In most cases, symptoms related to an enlarging mass in the parotid region, were evident. In the light of the above data, we suggest that, despite its rarity, lymphoma of the salivary gland should always be considered in the differential diagnosis of a parotid mass. No correlation between lymphoma and Sjogren's syndrome was noted in the present study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-137
Number of pages5
JournalLeukemia and Lymphoma
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • Parotid lymphoma
  • Primary extranodal lymphoma
  • Sjogren's syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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