Pseudolymphomas of the skin (overview) L98.8

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 13.06.2024

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Cutaneous pseudolymphoma; Pseudolymphoma; Reticulocytosis

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Stag and Luke 1965

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Benign, histologically and clinically not always clearly distinguishable from malignant lymphomas of the skin, reactive, polyclonal, self-limited, lymphoreticular proliferations of the skin of different etiology and different clinical morphology.

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According to aetiology and clinical presentation:

Pseudolymphomas can be classified according to immunophenotype as follows:

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Various causes possible, see Table 1.

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Dense, striated, lymphohistiocytic infiltrate, cell polymorphism, epidermal and vascular involvement Pleomorphies, hyperchromasia or mitoses may be signs of malignancy, but are rare.

Direct Immunofluorescence
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Mature B and T cells.

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Clinic, histology, PCR, Southern blot, immunohistochemistry.

The expression of monoclonal kappa- or lambda- light chains is in contrast to the polyclonal expression in reactive hyperplasia (pseudolymphoma) generally considered as malignant event. However, B- and T-cell pseudoclones are found in up to 20% of cases of pseudolymphomas.

In cutaneous B-cell lymphomas and cutaneous T-cell lymphomas the clonal rearrangement of the Ig chains can be detected either by immunohistochemical analysis with monoclonal antibodies or by immunogenotyping using Southern blot or PCR. The immunohistochemical technique has the advantage of the exact allocation of the antigen in the tissue, but is less sensitive (background staining). Southern blotting can make clonal cells visible in more than 5% of the cells of the lesion; the PCR technique is more sensitive with detection of < 0.1% of clonal cells.

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Treatment of the underlying disease if known, see there.

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Favourable (monitoring of the clinical course and ensuring lack of system participation).

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The term "pseudolymphoma" covers a group of different clinical and histological entities that differ in their clinical and histological appearance and immunophenotype. It is desirable to name the known and historically founded terms in this way. In a larger French survey series among dermatologists and pathologists (122 dermatologists, 64 pathologists) it became obvious that the term "pseudolyphoma" has neither from clinical morphological view nor from histopathological view a uniform identification (Levy E et al. 2013).

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Last updated on: 13.06.2024