Lymphomas diagnosed in Uganda during the HIV/AIDS pandemic

S Kalungi, H Wabinga, A Molven, L Bostad
2010 East African Medical Journal  
There are numerous reports from different countries documenting a change in frequency and profile of lymphomas after the onset of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. In Uganda little is known concerning the distribution of lymphoma subtypes diagnosed at the Department of Pathology, Makerere University College of Health Sciences during this period. Objective: To examine the frequency and diagnostic profile of lymphomas diagnosed in Uganda in the HIV/AIDS era. Design: Retrospective study. Setting: Subjects:
more » ... etting: Subjects: One thousand and thirteen patients diagnosed with lymphomas in the period 1980-1989. Results: The most common type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma was Burkitt lymphoma (36%). The frequencies of lymphocytic and histiocytic types were 34.5% and 8.2% respectively. Conclusion: There was a decrease in histopathologically diagnosed lymphomas in Uganda in the period 1980-1989. Burkitt lymphoma continues to be the most common subtype diagnosed, some major lymphoma subtypes like T-cell and follicular lymphomas were not reported in the country in the HIV/AIDS era.
doi:10.4314/eamj.v86i5.54193 fatcat:rka53swzpbdwthrfq2qzj35lp4