T Cell Lymphoma Symptoms and Laboratory Values

Since there are several subtypes of T cell lymphoma, there will necessarily be several non-specific T cell lymphoma symptoms that might alert a patient or physician to suspect lymphoma. T cell lymphomas are broadly divided into noncutaneous (not affecting the skin) and cutaneous (affecting the skin) lymphomas; the following list of T cell lymphoma symptoms makes no distinction between these categories.

The reader should keep in mind that while this represents some of the many T cell lymphoma symptoms, it is not meant to diagnose and should not replace a visit to one's physician.

General T Cell Lymphoma Symptoms

Non-specific T cell lymphoma symptoms might or might not include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen and painless lymph nodes in the neck or groin
  • General malaise or feeling anemic (depression, fatigue)
  • Appetite loss (also referred to as anorexia)
  • Drenching night sweats
  • Unexplained fevers and flu-like symptoms
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Red, non-tender raised lesions on the skin
  • Splenomegaly (enlarged spleen)
  • Hepatomegaly (enlarged liver)
  • Pain associated with possible tumor involvement

Laboratory Values and T Cell Lymphoma Symptoms

Laboratory values to be considered in determining T cell lymphoma symptoms include:

  • Elevated levels of: LDH, lymphocytes, uric acid, bilirubin, calcium, creatinine
  • Decreased levels of: Albumin, hemoglobin, MCH, MCV, cholesterol, iron

However, complete metabolic panels can come back completely normal and a bone marrow biopsy can come back negative, and a diagnosis of T cell lymphoma can still be made.

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