Bone involvement and abcess formation by neutrophil-rich CD30+anaplastic large-cell lymphoma mimicking skeletal infection in an AIDS patient
ABSTRACT Neutrophil-rich CD30+ anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL) is a rare pathological entity without distinct clinical behavior. Twelve cases of neutrophil-rich CD30+ anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL) have been reported, three of them were HIV-infected patients. All these reports stressed the presence of neutrophil infiltration as a new morphologic feature of CD30+ ALCL. Only one case of cutaneous involvement presented with microabscess formation. We describe a case of neutrophil-rich CD30+ ALCL in an AIDS patient with a clinical picture determined by the massive neutrophil infiltration of the tumor without necrosis nor local infection, but with the formation of abscesses.
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ABSTRACT: We describe a 47-year-old male admitted with fever and extreme neutrophil granulocytosis (up to 80 x 10(9)/L). All microbiology tests and test for autoimmune disease were negative. CT scan showed pulmonary infiltrates bilaterally, mediastinal lymphadenopathy and splenomegaly. Conventional pathological examination of bone marrow and lymph node biopsies did not demonstrate malignant cells and inflammatory disease was suspected. The patient died of multiorgan failure 23 days after admission. Autopsy showed neutrophil infiltration of several organs. Immunohistochemistry and cytogenetics postmortem led to a diagnosis of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) of T-cell lineage. Involvement of peripheral blood with leukemoid reaction is a rare manifestation of ALCL. This case emphasizes the importance of immunophenotyping in unexplained extreme granulocytosis.Apmis 07/2007; 115(6):778-83. DOI:10.1111/j.1600-0463.2007.apm_585.x · 1.92 Impact Factor
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