Mod Pathol 2020 01 29;33(Suppl 1):83-95. Epub 2019 Oct 29.
Departments of Pathology and Dermatology, The University of Texas - MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd Unit 85, Houston, TX, 77030, USA.
The spectrum of T-cell lymphoid proliferations of the skin varies from indolent to highly aggressive diseases and therefore an accurate pathological diagnosis is paramount. Integration of clinical, histopathological, immunohistochemical, and molecular findings is of crucial importance in the evaluation of these processes. In this article, we discuss selected situations where difficulty may arise for the pathologist evaluating this type of skin biopsies, such as: the diagnosis of early (patch stage) mycosis fungoides, the distinction of mycosis fungoides with large cell transformation from primary cutaneous anaplastic large cell lymphoma, the recognition of new histopathological patterns of lymphomatoid papulosis and the entities they mimic, the evaluation of primary cutaneous anaplastic large cell lymphoma with expression of markers suggestive of systemic origin (such as ALK), the awareness of the wide range of clinical and pathological presentations of hydroa vacciniforme-like EBV-positive T-cell lymphoproliferative disorders, the evaluation of cases of primary cutaneous γδ T-cell lymphoma showing predominantly epidermotropic pattern of growth, and the correct interpretation of findings seen in indolent proliferations such as primary cutaneous acral CD8-positive T-cell lymphoma and primary cutaneous small/medium size CD4 + T-cell lymphoproliferative disorder. Read More