Primary cutaneous peripheral t-cell lymphoma with aberrant coexpression of CD20: Case report and review of the literature

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  • We report an unusual case of primary cutaneous T-cell lymphoma in a 45-year-old male showing expression of the B-cell marker CD20. The lesion presented as a large plaque on the right shin and rapidly developed into additional lesions on the right lower leg and right anterior chest. Despite therapy, bone involvement was discovered at 1 year after initial presentation. Punch biopsy of the right leg revealed a diffuse, atypical dermal lymphocytic infiltrate with papillary edema and no epidermotropism. The atypical cells strongly expressed the T-cell markers CD3, CD2, and CD43, with additional expression of cytotoxic T-cell markers CD8, cytotoxic granule-associated RNA binding protein (TIA-1), and granzyme B and loss of CD7 by immunohistochemistry (IHC). In addition, the atypical cells with the above phenotype exhibited moderate expression of CD20 by IHC. Coexpression of CD8 and CD20 in the atypical cells was confirmed by a dual-labeled IHC stain. Clonal rearrangements of the T-cell receptor γ- and β-chain genes were detected by polymerase chain reaction; however, there was no expression of T-cell receptor β-chain identified by IHC. In conclusion, we present a case a of CD8-positive primary cutaneous T-cell lymphoma with CD20 expression, exhibiting aggressive behavior. © 2009 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
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    Pubmed Id

  • 6588320
  • Author List

  • Balmer NN; Hughey L; Busam KJ; Reddy V; Andea AA
  • Start Page

  • 187
  • End Page

  • 192
  • Volume

  • 31
  • Issue

  • 2