We have studied a remarkable family with seven cases of malignant lymphoma extending through three generations wherein five sisters and their mother had histopathologically documented non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, while a granddaughter had Hodgkin’s disease. An immunological study of three lymphoma survivors, nine of their first degree relatives, and four spouse controls was undertaken. Significant findings consisted of a depressed serum IgG3level in four of the nine first-degree relatives; in two of these four, lymphocyte stimulation by both pokeweed mitogen and concanavalin A were significantly depressed. The subtle immunological abnormalities present in this kindred may be associated with the pathogenesis of the lymphomas.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cancer Research