Which histologic findings are characteristic of lymphoblastic lymphoma?

Updated: Jun 14, 2018
  • Author: J Martin Johnston, MD; Chief Editor: Max J Coppes, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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Lymphoblastic lymphoma cells are indistinguishable from the lymphoblasts of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The cells are monotonous and associated with a high nuclear-to-cytoplasmic ratio. Their nuclei are often convoluted and contain finely stippled chromatin. Nucleoli are usually visible but are not prominent.

Immunohistochemical analysis usually reveals T-cell markers, including CD5 and CD7. Common ALL antigen (CALLA) is occasionally observed.

A minor subset of lymphoblastic lymphomas expresses the precursor B-cell phenotype typical of childhood ALL. This phenotype includes the surface antigens CALLA and B4 and the human leukocyte antigen (HLA)–DR.

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