What is Hodgkin lymphoma (Hodgkin disease)?

Updated: Sep 12, 2018
  • Author: Bradley W Lash, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Hodgkin lymphoma (formerly, Hodgkin disease) is a potentially curable lymphoma with distinct histology, biologic behavior, and clinical characteristics. The disease is defined in terms of its microscopic appearance (histology) (see the image below) and the expression of cell surface markers (immunophenotype). (See Pathophysiology.)

Micrograph of Hodgkin lymphoma in a fine-needle as Micrograph of Hodgkin lymphoma in a fine-needle aspiration lymph node specimen (field stain). Eosinophils, Reed-Sternberg cells, plasma cells, and histocytes can be seen.

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