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HERDIN Record #: PCHRD020708110244 Submitted: 08 February 2008

Primary cutaneous CD30+ anaplastic large cell lymphoma: Report of a rare case.

Daisy King-Ismael,
Melanie Pauline G. Chao-Lo,

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Primary cutaneous anaplastic large cell lymphoma (PCALCL) is a rare type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma comprising approximately 0.9-3.0% of all cutaneous lymphomas.3-14'15 No case has yet been reported locally. PCALCL is characterized by the absence of systemic involvement, spontaneous regression and low recurrence rate especially in localized lesions.

We present a 47-year-old female with a 1 Vi-years history of two asymptomatic erythematous indurated plaques on the right arm. Skin punch biopsy revealed dense infiltrates of non-epidermotropic, large, irregularly-shaped lymphocytes with hyperchromatic and pyknotic nuclei. Immunohistochemistry revealed that these atypical cells are anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) positive, CD30+, CD3-, CD20- and epithelial membrane antigen (EMA) negative. Clinical, histopathological and immunohistochemical findings are consistent with PCALCL. Work-ups revealed no systemic involvement. Short course CHOP (Cyclophosphamide, Doxorubicin, Vincristine, and Prednisone) chemotherapy resulted in total resolution of skin lesions; however, recurrence was noted 12 months after treatment. She then underwent radiotherapy and achieved complete remission. (Author)

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Case report
Journal of the Philippine Dermatological Society
Publication Date
May 2007
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