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Marginal-zone B-cell lymphoma of the bony palate presenting as sinusitis

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January 1, 2008
by Lisa Skultety Ayers, DO, Jacqueline Oxenberg, DO, Seth Zwillenberg, MD, and Mahmoud Ghaderi, DO


The diagnosis of low-grade B-cell lymphoma consistent with marginal-zone lymphoma has proven to be challenging when the disease involves the hard palate. The diagnosis is complicated by the nonspecific nature of the presenting symptoms and a difficult-to-differentiate histologic picture. We describe a case of low-grade B-cell lymphoma of the hard palate with a delayed presentation. We also compare the features of this case with the features of the small number of other such cases that have been reported in the literature. Finally, we review the etiology of low-grade B-cell lymphoma, we discuss its radiologic and pathologic features, and we briefly describe the treatment options.

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