Successful Treatment of Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma Involving Multiple Renal and Bone Infiltrations Presenting with Giant Cell Arteritis-like Manifestations: A Case Report

Intern Med. 2023 Nov 13. doi: 10.2169/internalmedicine.2377-23. Online ahead of print.


We herein report a case of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) involving multiple renal and bone infiltrations presenting with giant cell arteritis-like (GCA)-like manifestations. One month prior, the present patient had left-sided temporal headache, jaw claudication, and renal failure. The patient was diagnosed with DLBCL based on a renal biopsy. After rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone (R-CHOP) plus intrathecal methotrexate/cytarabine/prednisone and rituximab, high-dose methotrexate, and cytarabine (R-MA) chemotherapy, the patient's clinical manifestations improved, and complete remission was achieved. DLBCL rarely but occasionally presents with GCA-like manifestations or multiple renal and bone infiltrations, highlighting the need for prompt and aggressive combination chemotherapy.

Keywords: bone infiltration; diffuse large B-cell lymphoma; fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography/computed tomography; giant cell arteritis; renal failure.