Training and Educational Corner
Primary gastrointestinal lymphoma: diagnosis in paediatric age
Elisabetta Manzali 1, Alessia Ghiselli 2, Carmen Madia 1, Giorgio Nervi 2, Gian Luigi de’ Angelis 2
1 U.O. Clinica Pediatrica, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria di Parma2 U.O.C. Gastroenterologia e Endoscopia Digestiva, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria, Parma
Primary gastrointestinal (GI) tumors are rare in children and represent less than 5% of all paediatric neoplasm. Non-Hodgking’s lymphoma is the most common GI malignancy in children and the small and large intestine are most commonly involved. The diagnostic evaluation of a suspected lymphoma of the small intestine may include radiological and endoscopic techniques. Diagnostic laparotomy is appropriate if there is obstruction, perforation or major bleeding.