A 68 year old man presented with fever, anemia (6.8gr%), pancytopenia and weight loss. The fever, of 2 months duration, was characterized by daily intermittent peaks, accompanied by chills which did not respond to antimicrobial treatment. Chest X-ray was normal. Viral and serological investigations (Vidal-Writh and Weil-Felix, tests for leishmania and malaria) were negative. Blood cultures were positive for Staphilococcus Epidermidis. A transesophageal echocardiography revealed valvular vegetations. Abdominal ultrasonography and total body CT scan demonstrated splenomegaly and enlarged lymph nodes. A bone marrow biopsy was performed showing a non-Hodgkin large B cells lymphoma (HL) grade IV. Additionally the patient was HBV positive. The Immunologist was consulted and he prescribed combined treatment with Gentamicin, Rifampicin and Vancomicin for 6 weeks and once echocardiography resulted normal, to start antineoplastic treatment. Instead, the haematologist recomended only steroid treatment followed by one infusion of Vincristin and once healed endocarditis, to give four cycles of R-CHOP, combined with Lamuvidin. From a review of the literature, we decided to begin therapy with antibiotics, steroids, Vincristine and Rituximab in four doses and prophylaxis with Lamivudine [1,2]. The patient continued chemotherapy with a complete response after six months.
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|Titolo:||ENDOCARDITIS AND LYMPHOMA: WHAT IS THE THERAPY ?|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2010|
|Appartiene alla tipologia:||04d Abstract in atti di convegno|