What are the signs and symptoms of diffuse large cell lymphoma?

Updated: Jun 12, 2019
  • Author: Shipra Gandhi, MBBS; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Diffuse large cell lymphomas have a rapid growth rate and present as masses infiltrating tissues or obstructing organs. Signs and symptoms include the following:

  • Pain in an enlarged lymph node or organ: May be noted if the lymphomatous mass enlarges rapidly

  • B symptoms (Ann Arbor staging): Including fever, drenching night sweats, and weight loss

  • Generalized pruritus

  • Anorexia

  • Pedal edema: Caused by extensive pelvic lymphadenopathy

  • Fatigue

  • Chest discomfort or shortness of breath: Caused by mediastinal lymphadenopathy

The following are common findings on physical examination:

  • Lymphadenopathy (ie, cervical, axillary, and inguinal)

  • Splenomegaly

  • Low-grade fever

  • Pedal edema: Resulting from extensive pelvic lymphadenopathy

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