A patient with chronic idiopathic myelofibrosis was subjected to splenectomy 1 year after diagnosis. As a clinically unexpected finding, lymph node biopsy suggested the presence of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The patient was subjected to intensive combined cytostatic therapy. In the following months, signs and symptoms of myelofibrosis regressed remarkably. The patient died 31 months after splenectomy in massive gastrointestinal bleeding. At post-mortem, myelofibrosis could not be detected in three bone marrow areas and a regular, fat-containing, hypercel-lular marrow was present. The nature of the previous lymph noede pathology was reconsidered, and angioimmunoblastic lymphadenopathy was diagnosed.
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