T/NK cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma of the sinonasal tract

J Laryngol Otol. 2001 Dec;115(12):1032-5. doi: 10.1258/0022215011909710.


Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma of the sinonasal tract is now recognized as an important cause of destructive midfacial lesions formally designated as idiopathic inflammatory processes, and commonly treated with local radiotherapy in a bid to halt the destructive process. However, left untreated, the natural history of this disease remains largely unknown. We report a case which demonstrates the slow and apparently indolent natural course that these lymphomas, if left untreated, may display, before finally evolving into overwhelming and fatal disease. We also take the opportunity to present a brief synopsis of the evolution of our understanding of this condition and to review the modern literature on it.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Disease Progression
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Granuloma, Lethal Midline / pathology
  • Humans
  • Killer Cells, Natural / pathology
  • Lymphoma, T-Cell / pathology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nose Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Oral Fistula / pathology*