Lymphoma and Leukaemia
Serous effusions are a common complication of Hodgkin’s disease and of non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas (NHL), including chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). Less frequently effusions may occur in other types of leukaemia. As a cause of malignant effusion, lymphoma is only rivalled in frequency by carcinoma of the lung, breast and ovary. Cytological diagnosis is important because a serous effusion may be the presenting manifestation of the disease.
KeywordsChronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia Pleural Fluid Nuclear Chromatin Serous Effusion Malignant Histiocytosis
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