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Liver disease as presenting manifestation of Hodgkin's disease

Liver disease as presenting manifestation of Hodgkin's disease

Quarterly Journal of Medicine 48(189): 137-150

Six patients who were referred to the liver unit on account of jaundice are described. A different initial diagnosis has been made in each case, these being fulminant hepatic failure, severe hepatitis with renal failure, toxoplasma hepatitis, extrahepatic obstruction, sclerosing cholangitis, and liver abscess. After delays of four weeks to 12 months from the time of first symptoms all six patients were eventually found to have advanced Hodgkin's disease (stage 4). In four patients the diagnosis was made during life, but in two only at autopsy. In four lymphoma tissue was finally demonstrable in the liver, but in two liver biopsy showed only minor non-specific changes despite grossly abnormal liver function tests. Three of the six patients were treated with chemotherapy, and two of these recovered sufficiently to leave hospital. With the encouraging survival figures now being obtained in Hodgkin's disease, an awareness of the varied hepatic manifestations of the disease may allow treatment to be instituted at an earlier stage.

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