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Jornal Brasileiro de Patologia e Medicina Laboratorial

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GIESTA, Rogério Pinto et al. Influence of CD 20 antigen expression in the refractoriness of classical Hodgkin lymphoma in the first line treatment with ABVD protocol in Ceará state, Brazil. J. Bras. Patol. Med. Lab. [online]. 2009, vol.45, n.3, pp.247-252. ISSN 1678-4774.

INTRODUCTION: The prognostic value of CD20 antigen expression in classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL) is uncertain, particularly regarding the refractoriness to first-line treatment. OBJECTIVES: To assess the influence of CD20 positiveness on the refractoriness of cHL to first-line chemotherapy with ABVD protocol in Ceará State, Brazil. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Analytical study including 97 patients diagnosed with cHL between January/2000 and December/2004. The analysis was performed evaluating demographic, clinical and laboratory variables. RESULTS: CD20 antigen expression was positive in 38.1% of the patients. In the bivariate analysis, CD20 antigen expression (OR = 4.02; CI = 1.09 - 8.54; p = 0.02), the presence of B-symptoms (OR = 4.02; CI = 1.18-17.51; p = 0.01) and an elevated lactate dehydrogenase level (median not refractory 248.5 [200.5 - 389.5]; median refractory 356 [208.5-545]; p = 0.03) showed worse prognosis as to refractoriness. In the logistic regression analysis, the presence of CD 20 (OR = 3.6; CI = 0.99-13.09; p = 0.05) and B-symptoms (OR = 5.41; CI = 1.16-25.34; p = 0.03) continued to show worse prognosis. DISCUSSION: These findings coincide with literature data indicating that CD 20 antigen expression is associated with low response to treatment with ABVD. CONCLUSION: Our data show that the treatment with ABVD is not totally appropriate for the initial therapeutic approach in this subgroup of patients and that further studies are required to optimize their treatment.

Palavras-chave : Classical Hodgkin lymphoma; Refractoriness; CD 20 antigen.

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