The purpose of this study was to examine the incidence of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-positive diffuse large B-cell lymphoma of the elderly in a representative northern Chinese population. Overall, 212 cases of primary diffuse large B-cell lymphoma were analyzed for EBV-positive status by detection of EBV-encoded RNA using in situ hybridization. Immunophenotypic identity was verified by a streptavidin-biotin peroxidase detection system using the markers CD20, CD3, CD10, BCL6 and MUM1. The prevalence of EBV-positive diffuse large B-cell lymphoma in elderly northern Chinese patients was 3.8% (eight of 212). All eight cases were negative for CD10 and BCL6 immunostaining. The incidence is less frequent than that of southern China and other East-Asian countries. Patients tend to be older, present with a non-germinal center B-cell-like immunophenotype and have a poor outcome.
- Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma
- Epstein-Barr virus
- In situ hybridization
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research