Lymphomatoid granulomatosis A report of 4 cases
Only 1 case of lymphomatoid granulomatosis has previously been reported from South Africa. Experience with 4 such adult patients (2 blacks and 2 whites) is described. These patients were followed up for 15 - 48 months and none developed evidence of a lymphoma during this period. Fever, weight loss, cough and breathlessness were prominent symptoms in all patients. One patient, a black woman, with a diffuse interstitial paUern of lung involvement, had digital clubbing - a rare accompaniment that resolved after therapy. Dilated congestive cardiomyopathy was found in association with pulmonary nodules in a black male patient. All 4 patients were treated with cytotoxic regimens. The 2 patients treated with oral cyclophosphamide and prednisolone responded favourably. The possible explanation for paucity of reports of lymphomatoid granulomatosis from South Africa could be under-reporting, underdiagnosis or a true geographic/ethnic variation in the incidence of this condition.
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