• Between 1967 and 1979, 316 patients with Hodgkin's disease underwent staging laparotomy. Histologic examination demonstrated lymphocyte predominance in 40(12.7%) patients, nodular sclerosis in 178(56.3%), mixed cellularity in 80(25.3%), and lymphocyte depletion in seven (2.2%); results in 11 (3.5%) patients were considered unclassifiable. There were no deaths. Major complications occurred in 7.9% and required reoperation in 1.9%. Pathologic stage differed from clinical stage in 111 (35.1%) patients. In 90 (28.5%) patients, the stage advanced; in 21 (6.6%) patients, the stage was reduced; and in five (1.6%) patients, the histologic subtype was changed. Stage changes occurred in 40% of those with lymphocyte predominance, in 27.5% with nodular sclerosis, in 46.3% with mixed cellularity, and in 85.7% with lymphocyte depletion. The reliability of staging laparotomy for the determination of appropriate treatment favors its continued use.
(Arch Surg 1982;117:586-591)