What are the NCCN recommendations for diagnostic workup of the follicular lymphoma type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL)?

Updated: Jun 12, 2019
  • Author: Priyank P Patel, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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In addition to its general guidance on diagnosis of lymphoma, the NCCN recommends the following studies to establish a diagnosis of FL [1] :

  • Immunohistochemistry panel: CD20, CD3, CD5, CD10, BCL2, BCL6, cyclin D1, CD21, or CD23

  • Cell surface marker analysis by flow cytometry: kappa/lambda, CD19, CD20, CD5, CD23, CD10

 European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) guidelines are in agreement with the NCCN that diagnosis follows the WHO classification and excisional biopsy is preferred. Core biopsy is considered only in cases where lymph nodes are not easily accessible. Fine-needle aspiration is not recommended. [13]

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