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Pleural non-Hodgkin's lymphoma arising in a patient with a chronic pyothorax.
  1. N. Y. Hsu,
  2. C. Y. Chen,
  3. S. T. Pan,
  4. C. P. Hsu
  1. Department of Surgery, Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan, Republic of China.


    A 69 year old man with a chronic left pyothorax was treated by decortication. Although the treatment rapidly improved respiratory function, histopathological examination revealed a diffuse large B cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Subsequent bone marrow biopsy samples disclosed bone marrow involvement. It is possible that non-Hodgkin's lymphoma may develop from a chronic pyothorax.

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