Herb medications on angiocentric T-cell lymphoma with intra-abdominal metastasis : a case report

복강내 전이된 혈관 중심성 T-세포 림프종의 한방치료 : 증례보고

  • Kim, Yong-Su (Bohyundang Oriental Clinic, Jeonju) ;
  • Yoon, Seong-Woo (Department of Gastroenterology and Oncology, College of Oriental Medicine, Kyung Hee University)
  • 김용수 (전주 보현당한의원) ;
  • 윤성우 (경희대학교 비계내과학교실)
  • Published : 2005.12.30

Abstract

Angiocentric T-cell lymphoma is a rare form of peripheral T-cell lymphoma. The disease typically manifests clinically as an aggressive, progressively destructive disorder often with a fatal outcome. It is the aim of the present paper to derive further studies evaluating the effectiveness of Korean traditional medicine on angiocentric T-cell lymphoma with intra-abdominal metastasis. A patient with high fever, weight loss, night sweat and general weakness(B symptoms) was diagnosed as angiocentric T-cell lymphoma and chemotherapy was done more than 10 times. But the response to chemotherapy was poor, finally the lymphoma involved liver and spleen. The abdominal CT showed the hepatosplenomegaly, diffuse lymphoma of liver and spleen, massive ascites, minimal pleural effusion. Then the patient gave up the chemotherapy and only herb medications (Bohyunsoamtang-A,B) were administered. The ascites, high fever and hepatosplenomegaly gradually reduced to normal. He survived for 7 years after first diagnosis, which is much longer than average survival time in angiocentric T-cell lymphoma with B symptoms. This case may give us a possibility of that Korean traditional herb medications offer potential benefits for patients with angiocentric T-cell lymphoma, and more researches are needed.