Which tests are used to diagnose and stage mantle cell lymphoma (MCL)?

Updated: Mar 15, 2019
  • Author: Muhammad Rashid Abbasi, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Studies and procedures for diagnosing and staging MCL are as follows:

  • Lymph node biopsy and aspiration; aspiration alone is insufficient to establish a diagnosis

  • Use bone marrow aspirate/biopsy results for staging rather than diagnostic purposes

  • Immunophenotyping helps differentiate MCL from other small B-cell lymphomas

  • Body CT scanning is important for initial staging and for assessing response to treatment

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