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DefinitionThis section has been translated automatically.
Low malignant, CD30-positive, particularly benign T-cell lymphoma (?) with a recurrent course over many years, characterized by single or multiple, painless, papulo-nodular or ulcerative skin changes with spontaneous healing and months of possibly even years of latency.
Remark: Some authors consider the clinical picture as benign!
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Occurrence/EpidemiologyThis section has been translated automatically.
Prevalence 0.1/100,000 inhabitants/year. Worldwide occurrence. Predominantly among members of the Caucasian ethnic groups, the proportion of CTCL is about 18%;
EtiopathogenesisThis section has been translated automatically.
Unknown. Viral genesis? In adolescent patients there is an increased association with atopic diseases.
ManifestationThis section has been translated automatically.
Mainly adults; age: 7-83 years, mean age: 39 years (Xiong J et al. 2015), f:m=2,3:1 (according to other sources: 1:1); very rarely the disease is also found in children and adolescents.
LocalizationThis section has been translated automatically.
Trunk>Extremities>Face. The oral cavity is rarely affected.
Clinical featuresThis section has been translated automatically.
Single (rarely more than 5, disseminated occurrence is possible but the exception) red to red-brown or brown-violet, soft-elastic, painless, flat, red papules forming within a few days (eruption phase). These develop (surprisingly quickly) into red, always painless nodules (up to 2 cm Ø) with an initially smooth surface.
The central parts of the nodules regularly disintegrate torpidly under initial hemorrhagic crust formation. This leads to a change in morphology! In this phase of development, the only clinical impression is an ulcer of varying depth (which cannot be explained to the examiner), which is usually (surprisingly) slightly painful. Danger of secondary infection (picture of pyoderma). Healing with formation of a less spectacular, hyper(hypo)pigmented scar.
After 3-8 weeks spontaneous regression with the formation of scaly crusts.
HistologyThis section has been translated automatically.
Type A: Dense, diffuse, subcutaneous, mixed-cell infiltrate of pleomorphic and anaplastic lymphoid cells and numerous eosinophilic and neutrophilic granulocytes, histiocytes and small lymphocytes. Numerous mitoses.
Type B: Band-shaped dermal epidermotropic infiltrate of small to medium-sized lymphoid cells with chromatin-tight cerebriform nuclei.
Type C: Dense, diffuse infiltrate of large anaplastic cells, reaching down to the subcutaneous tissue. Only a few eosinophil or neutrophil granulocytes, histiocytes and small lymphocytes. Numerous mitoses.
Type E (angioinvasive type): Dense, angiocentric and angioinvasive, subcutaneous mixed cell infiltrate of medium pleomorphic and anaplastic lymphoid cells. Detection of necrosis and ulcer formation. Further eosinophil granulocytes.
Immunohistology: Tumor cells are positive for CD3, CD4, CD8, CD25. In type A and C the anaplastic cells express CD30 (see CD classification below) T-cell receptor gene rearrangement: Only in isolated cases detection of monoclonality of T-cell infiltrates.
Differential diagnosisThis section has been translated automatically.
- Lymphoma, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, large cell, CD30-positive: Mostly solitary larger nodules; rarely grouped nodules or nodules with a tendency to ulceration. Spontaneous regressions and recurrences are possible (in up to 25% of patients).
- Pityriasis lichenoides chronica: Very polymorphic clinical picture; initially small (usually < 0.5 cm), calotte-shaped, reddened, rough, superficially blunt or specular papules covered by a fine scale. Alignment along the tension lines of the skin. Typical: Formation of a compact, oblate, covering, centrally adherent scale. The disease causes no symptoms except for a slight to moderate itching. Histology is generally diagnostic.
Prurigo simplex subacuta: Mostly colourful clinical picture with efflorescences of different acuity "healed from fresh to scarred". Typical is a punctual, unpleasantly piercing itching, which is answered with a typical scratching reaction (spooning); after that the itching stops abruptly. Histology reliably excludes the diagnosis "lymphomatoid papulosis".
Notice!It is not the "disturbing efflorescences" but the tormenting itching that leads to the doctor!
- Pseudolymphomas: the clinical picture is variable; mostly surface stable, not ulcerated, less symptomatic papules. Histology: Mostly mixed, ripe cell, B- and T-cell pattern. No CD30+ infiltrate.
- Insect bites: Mostly itchy "artificial" looking, urticarial papules and plaques. Mostly short anamnesis. Difficult to differentiate in persistent arthropod reactions. Histology: as in pseudolymphomas.
- Syphilis: history; histology and serology are diagnostic.
- Eosinophilic ulcer of the oral mucosa: this DD can only be clarified histologically.
Complication(s)This section has been translated automatically.
- 40-60% of patients develop another lymphoproliferative disease. In this case the rate of Mycosis fungoides is particularly high (average 78%). Patients with lymphomatoid papulosis type A are preferentially affected (> 90%). Mycosis fungoides may occur in parallel with lymphomatoid papulosis (30-40%) or precede it (60-70%).
- Other lymphoproliferative diseases that may occur together or following lymphomatoid papulosis are large cell anaplastic lymphomas (12%). Occasionally, the occurrence of Hodgkin' s disease has been reported.
TherapyThis section has been translated automatically.
- In this respect, a prompt proactive local therapy with medium-strong topical glucocorticoids, if necessary under occlusion (glucocorticoids class II and III) such as 0.1% betamethasone-lotio R030, 0.1% triamcinolone cream R259 or intralesional administration of triamcinolone (e.g. Volon A 1:1 diluted with LA such as scandicain) is recommended in case of localized, land infestation.
- Alternatively for multifocal spread:
- Phototherapy with PUVA therapy or PUVA bath therapy, possibly also in combination with retinoids like acitretin (neotigason) 0.5 mg/kg bw/day as RePUVA therapy.
- In case of non-response also combination of phototherapy with methotrexate (low dose of 20 mg/week).
- Alternatively: Bexarotene in the given dosage.
- Six-monthly check-ups and repeated skin biopsies are necessary in order to detect any transition to aggressive cutaneous T-cell lymphoma in time!
General therapyThis section has been translated automatically.
Progression/forecastThis section has been translated automatically.
- Mostly good, years of recurrent blandness, with months or years of freedom of appearance.
- Reduction of life expectancy only by associated lymphomas (up to 20% of patients develop other lymphomas over the years: mycosis fungoides, immunoblastic or large-cell anaplastic lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease). The mortality rate is around 8%.
- Patients who develop lymphomatoid papulosis in childhood are 200 times more likely to develop non-Hodgkin's lymphoma than the general population.
LiteratureThis section has been translated automatically.
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