Glucocorticoid-induced long-term remission in primary cerebral lymphoma: case report and review of the literature

J Neurooncol. 1997 Mar;32(1):63-9. doi: 10.1023/a:1005733416571.


We report a 25-year old immunocompetent woman with a high grade primary non-Hodgkin's lymphoma of the central nervous system (PNHL-CNS) in whom the administration of dexamethasone alone during three months produced a complete clinical and radiological response lasting over four years. If complete remission of PNHL-CNS induced by glucocorticoids are well known, the opportunity to observe glucocorticoid-induced remission for a long period of time without radio- and chemotherapy is rare. Only nine other cases of PNHL-CNS with complete remission induced by glucocorticoids lasting from 6 to 60 months, were found in the literature and are summarized here. Duration of glucocorticoids therapeutic effect in PNHL-CNS is probably underestimated. Glucocorticoids cannot be recommended as sole initial treatment for PNHL-CNS. However, we suggest standard therapies to be delayed in those patients responding completely to glucocorticoids where radio- and chemotherapy should be contraindicated (kidney, liver, bone marrow failure, pregnancy).

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Brain Neoplasms / pathology
  • Female
  • Glucocorticoids / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin / drug therapy*
  • Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin / pathology
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Pregnancy


  • Glucocorticoids