Primary lymphoma of the brain is cancer of the lymph cells that starts in the brain.
Brain lymphoma; Cerebral lymphoma; Primary lymphoma of the central nervous system; Lymphoma - brain
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The cause of primary brain lymphoma is unknown. It is more common in people ages 45 - 70.
Patients who have a weakened immune system are at greater risk for primary lymphoma of the brain. Common causes of a weakened immune system include:
- Organ transplants (especially heart transplants)
Primary lymphoma of the brain is also linked to Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) infection, the virus that causes
The rate of primary brain lymphoma is rising, but it is still relatively rare.