The t(14;18) translocation is found in approximately 80-90% of follicular lymphomas and 30% of diffuse large cell lymphomas, it is rarely present in other lymphoproliferative diseases (van Dongen (2003) Leukemia 17, 2257–2317). The t(14;18) translocation has also been reported in “lymphoma free” individuals, in particular men over the age of sixty and heavy smokers. It has also been detected in Epstein-Barr virus infected cells. t(14;18) translocation analysis can therefore be used as a tool in the differential diagnosis of follicular lymphoma. However, all molecular data must be interpreted with other histological and clinical data.

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