Elevated serum free light chain (FLC) is known to be an adverse prognostic factor for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). We hypothesized that monoclonal gammopathy (MG; elevated kappa [κ] or lambda [λ] FLC with an abnormal κ/λ ratio or a positive IF [immunofixation]) and polyclonal gammopathy (PG; elevated κ and/or λ FLC with a normal κ/λ ratio and a negative IF) would have different clinical outcome according to the molecular classification of DLBCL. In addition, MG would be a poor prognostic factor in patients with activated B-cell like type of DLBCL. Molecular classification of DLBCL, such as germinal center B-cell (GCB) type and non-GCB type, was performed according to the Hans algorithm. Among 175 newly diagnosed DLBCL patients, 96 (54.9 %) patients had an elevated FLC. MG and PG were observed in 34 and 68 patients, respectively. The 2-year overall survival (OS) and event-free survival (EFS) rates were 79.0 % and 71.6 %, respectively. In multivariate analysis, high-intermediate/high International Prognostic Index score and elevated FLC were significant for the OS (P = 0.002, P = 0.005, respectively) and EFS (P < 0.002, P = 0.010, respectively). MG and PG were also associated with inferior OS (P = 0.002, P = 0.011, respectively) and EFS (P = 0.002, P = 0.013, respectively). Ninety-six patients from a total 133 evaluable patients were classified to the non-GCB type. Patients with PG showed inferior clinical outcome for OS and EFS in patients with the GCB type (P = 0.006, P = 0.035, respectively). MG was a significant poor prognostic factor for OS and EFS in patients with the non-GCB type (P = 0.017, P = 0.004, respectively). MG was a poor prognostic maker in patients with the non-GCB type and PG was a poor prognostic indicator for the GCB type of DLBCL who were treated with R-CHOP.
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Acknowledgments This study was supported by a faculty research grant of Yonsei University College of Medicine for 2013 (6-2013-0141).
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