What is the role of a metabolic panel in the workup of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL)?

Updated: Aug 20, 2020
  • Author: Shipra Gandhi, MBBS; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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A comprehensive chemistry panel should be performed to help evaluate serum electrolytes, lactic dehydrogenase (LDH), renal function, and hepatic function. In addition, perform serum β2 microglobulin (B-cell lymphoma) testing.

Electrolyte abnormalities may occur from renal involvement with lymphoma. Abnormal renal function may require a chemotherapy dose adjustment.

Elevated levels of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and uric acid correspond with the tumor burden. The LDH value is a factor in the International Prognostic Index (IPI) and is a useful indicator of the extent of disease and of the response to treatment. It can be used as an early, nonspecific indicator of disease relapse. [45] An elevated uric acid level also signifies an increased likelihood of tumor lysis syndrome with chemotherapy

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