What are the physical findings of skin tumors in 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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Patients with evidence or a history of patchy or plaquelike skin lesions can also have tumors, which are red-violet nodules that may be dome-shaped, exophytic, or ulcerated. However, if only tumors are present, without preceding or concurrent patches or plaques, a diagnosis of mycosis fungoides is highly unlikely and another type of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma should be considered. [30, 1] (See the images below.)

Tumor-stage cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Tumor-stage cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.
Tumor-stage mycosis fungoides. Tumor-stage mycosis fungoides.

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