What is the clinical history of stages IA and IB mycosis fungoides cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL)?

Updated: Aug 15, 2018
  • Author: Lauren C Pinter-Brown, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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While well-developed plaques that are clinically diagnostic for mycosis fungoides are usually intensely pruritic, less characteristic ones typically are not, and the development of pruritus in such lesions is a sign of progression towards mycosis fungoides. Depending on whether the lesions involve up to 10% of the body surface or involve 10% or more of the body surface, such cases are classified as stage IA or IB, respectively. Many cases remain at these stages for many years or decades without further progression.


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