The differential diagnostic significance of acid phosphatase and beta-glucuronidase were studied in 77 cases of low-grade B cell non-Hodgkin's lymphomas. In most cases the results of cytochemical enzyme studies performed on malignant cells of the bone marrow were evaluated. B cell chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, centrocytic and centroblastic/centrocytic lymphomas were characterized by a weak or a negative acid phosphatase and beta-glucuronidase activity. Stronger positivity was observed in immunocytoma and in Waldenström's macroglobulinaemia, while the highest activity was found in multiple myeloma. Hairy cell leukaemia of B cell origin showed intensive tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase activity. The cytochemical examination of these lysosomal enzymes may be useful in the diagnosis of low-grade malignant lymphomas of B cell origin by completing other methods.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Folia haematologica : internationales Magazin fur klinische und morphologische Blutforschung|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1 1985|
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