Canterbury DHB


Pre-Treatment Investigations for Aggressive NHL

Investigations for less intensive treatments need to be discussed with the Consultant.


Test required

Volume of blood/container

Lymph node biopsy

Consider pathology review.


History and physical examination

History to document “B” symptoms and any symptoms suggestive of possible sites of involvement.

Examination to detect lymphadenopathy, enlargement of liver or spleen, skin involvement, tumour masses, CNS involvement.


Blood tests

CBCD, blood film, reticulocytes, ESR.

3 x 5 mL EDTA mauve top, 1 x 5 mL plain.


ONCO profile, Ca++, PO4, urate, AST, GGT and LDH, SPE, immunoglobulin levels, thyroid function test, beta-2 microglobulin, CRP

1 x 5 mL heparin, 1 x 5 mL plain.


Virology serology, HbSAg, HCV, herpes simplex/zoster, CMV. HIV - test requires patient permission.

1 x 5 mL plain request long term storage.


HLA typing if allografting is a possibility.

Contact SCT Coordinator. 4 x 10 mL CPDA (yellow top), 1 x 10 mL plain, 1 x 5 mL EDTA

Bone marrow

Bone marrow aspirate and trephine, immunophenotyping. Discuss with Consultant the need for cell markers, cytogenetics and DNA analysis.

Arrange with laboratory registrar.


CXR, CT of neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis. Consider CT sinuses



Perform if neurological symptoms or signs or high risk of CNS involvement

Cell count, microscopy ± flow cytometry

Sample to Cell Markers lab


Swabs from nostrils, throat, perineum and groin labelled “for Staph aureus carriage” (and MRSA if appropriate). Swab any infected lesion ± sputum. Blood cultures if febrile.

Send to Microbiology.





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A lymph node biopsy specimen is also appropriate for cytogenetics studies. Bone marrow may be uninformative - there is often a low proportion of lymphoma cells in marrow and they are often reluctant to grow in culture.

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Last Reviewed:

December 2021

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Topic Code: 5948