Relapsed mantle cell lymphoma presenting as "sister Mary joseph nodule".

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Case reports in medicine, Volume 2010, p.708348 (2010)


2010, Center-Authored Paper, Clinical Research Division


The finding of umbilical metastasis has historically been called a "Sister Mary Joseph Nodule". A few case reports of lymphoma presenting in this manner have been documented. We report a case of relapsed mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) presenting as a Sister Mary Joseph's nodule. Although the few reports of lymphoma exhibiting umbilical metastasis suggest that patients may still expect a reasonable response to chemotherapy, this patient experienced multiple relapses, despite aggressive chemotherapy regimens. This clinical course is characteristic of the mantle cell form of non-hodgkin's lymphoma and illustrates a need to seek out more effective therapies.