What is the role of lumbar puncture in the workup of lymphoblastic lymphoma?

Updated: Sep 10, 2019
  • Author: Joseph M Tuscano, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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The central nervous system (CNS) is involved in one third of cases at some point during the clinical course of lymphoblastic lymphoma. If not contraindicated due to severe thrombocytopenia and/or coagulation disorders, complete a lumbar puncture and send for standard analysis and cytopathology to exclude CNS involvement.


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