Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma of the oral cavity in a 14-yr-old
Primary non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) usually arises- within the lymphnodes, but 20-30% account for extranodal sites. Oral NHL can involve the paranasal sinuses but can also arise from within the soft tissue or bone, gingiva, floor of the mouth, salivary gland, and cheek. Owing to scarcity of reported cases of oral lymphomas, the interpretation of the biological behavior and treatmen options involving this disease entity becomes difficult. Athorough clinical, histopathological, and immunohistochemical evaluation is essential for the diagnosis and management of oral NHL.

Published in the National Journal of Maxillofacial Surgery, the authors present a case of a 14 year old adolescent girl who presented with multiple gingival swellings, the most prominent one being in the right anterior maxilla.

Gingival biopsy revealed NHL- diffuse large B cell type. The patient was completely cured with chemotherapy and now she is in complete remission and under regular follow up.

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