Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma from duodenal with hematemesis, melena, and obstruction jaundice symptoms: A rare case

Victor Perdana Kusuma, Amie Vidyani

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Introduction: Non-Hodgkin lymphoma of the duodenum with manifestation of hematemesis, melena, and obstructive jaundice is a rare occurrence. Case presentation: A 47-year-old Indonesian man presented with symptoms of hematemesis of 3×/day, melena, abdominal pain, decreased appetite, and a weight loss (2 kg). The patient had symptoms of weakness, jaundice, pale conjunctiva, and experienced palpable discomfort in the epigastric region (VAS of 6). An abdominal ultrasonography revealed a heterogeneous cystic tumor mass measuring 45 × 29 mm located in the pancreas head. The gastrointestinal endoscopy revealed erosive gastritis and a tumor in the duodenum. The patient received a biliodigestive surgery and biopsy for double bypass. The pathological anatomy findings indicated the presence of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The immunohistochemical results showed that the tumor cells were positive for CD45, CD20, and Ki67 95 % but negative for CK and CD3. The patient had a series of chemotherapy treatments include RCHOP, ICE, and EPOCH for a duration of 1½ years. Subsequently, the patient was assessed and pronounced to be cured. Discussion: The identification of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) from duodenum in this case was challenging due to the presence of unspecific symptoms such as hematemesis, melena, and obstructive jaundice. Management of DLBCL involved surgical interventions and sequential chemotherapy, which have shown the most significant enhancement in prognosis. Conclusion: The diagnostic accuracy of DLBCL from duodenal site enhances the effectiveness of the therapy employed, leading to a favorable prognosis.

Original languageEnglish
Article number109046
JournalInternational Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023


  • Cancer
  • Case report
  • Duodenum
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Tumor


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