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Characteristic multimodal imaging of palatal follicular lymphoma: a case report on effectiveness of CT, diffusion-weighted MR imaging and intraoral ultrasonography


Oral lymphomas are relatively uncommon. Follicular lymphoma is the second most common subtype of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. We report characteristic multimodal imaging of palatal follicular lymphoma, especially CT, diffusion-weighted MR imaging (DWI) and intraoral ultrasonography. A 67-year-old woman presented with swelling on the right side of the palate within 2 months. On clinical examination, an approximately 35 × 20 mm mass lesion with elastic soft was found to overlay the right side of the palate. Contrast-enhanced CT image showed a mass with homogeneous enhancement on the right side of the palate, and bone tissue algorithm CT showed focal erosion of the right posterior maxilla. Regarding MR imaging, on T1-weighted image, the mass showed low signal intensity and homogeneous enhancement, and T2-weighted and STIR images revealed intermediate and high signal intensity, respectively. Furthermore, DWI and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) map showed high and low signal intensity, respectively. ADC value of the mass was 0.60 × 10–3 mm2s−1. On intraoral ultrasonography, the mass showed clear boundary, hypoechoic echogenicity, homogeneous internal architecture, vascular signals using color Doppler imaging and heterogeneous hard using strain elastography. A partial biopsy of the palatal region was performed. Histopathological diagnosis was follicular lymphoma. This case suggests that multimodal imaging, especially CT, DWI with ADC map and intraoral ultrasonography with color Doppler imaging and strain elastography, could be effective for evaluating palatal lesions.

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Minami, Y., Ogawa, R., Kanri, Y. et al. Characteristic multimodal imaging of palatal follicular lymphoma: a case report on effectiveness of CT, diffusion-weighted MR imaging and intraoral ultrasonography. Oral Radiol (2022).

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  • Apparent diffusion coefficient
  • Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging
  • Strain elastography
  • Ultrasonography
  • Head and neck neoplasms