Incidence of Head and Neck Lymphoma in Guilan Province, Iran


Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Guilan, Iran E-mail:


The aim of this research was to describe the incidence and histopathological subtypes of head and neck lymphoma in Guilan province, Iran. In this retrospective study, all cases of head and neck cancers registered in Iranian Cancer Registry Program in Guilan province of Iran from 2004 to 2009 were obtained and included in the analysis. Out of 1,510 cases, 169 (11.2%) were reported as lymphomas (87 cases of non-Hodgkin, 67 cases of Hodgkin, and 13 cases of unknown type). The mean ages of males and females diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma were 30.4 and 28.7 years, re‌spectively. For non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma the respective figures were 50.5 and 49.3 years old. Among various histological subtypes of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the diffuse large B-cell type (74.2%) was the most frequent while immunoblastic lymphoma (1.1%) was the least frequent. Nodular sclerosis (58.2%) and mixed cellularity (18.0%) types were most frequent among Hodgkin’s lymphomas.