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June 22, 1946

THE RADIATION TREATMENT OF GIANT FOLLICULAR LYMPHADENOPATHY

JAMA. 1946;131(8):700. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870250054021

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  Dr. Ovid O. Meyer, in a communication published in The Journal April 13, questions the validity of your editorial expression that giant follicular lymphadenopathy "is curable by mild x-ray therapy," stating with rather broad inclusiveness, it seems to me, that "this is incorrect in the opinion of most students of the disease." However this may be, the fact remains that in the comparatively short interval of twentyone years during which radiation has been employed in the treatment of giant follicular lymphadenopathy I myself have encountered 5 histologically proved cases in which this form of therapy was followed by apparent cures for periods of 3, 4 1/2, 5, 9 1/2 and 12 years. Another patient with histologically proved giant follicular lymphadenopathy survived 9 years without treatment of any sort directed against the enlarged lymph nodes, the final microscopic examination having been made 10 days before death from lobar

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