Sinus histiocytosis with massive lymphadenopathy and malignant lymphoma involving the same lymph node: a report of four cases and review of the literature

Mod Pathol. 2000 Apr;13(4):414-9. doi: 10.1038/modpathol.3880071.


Sinus histiocytosis with massive lymphadenopathy (SHML), also known as Rosai-Dorfman disease, is a disorder of unknown cause. Rarely, patients with SHML also have malignant lymphoma, usually involving anatomic sites different from those involved by SHML We report four patients in whom SHML and malignant lymphoma were identified in the same lymph node biopsy specimen. The SHML in each case was present as a small focus, less than 1 cm. Immunohistochemical studies showed that the abnormal histiocytes were positive for S-100 and negative for CD1a. The malignant lymphomas included two cases of follicular lymphoma and two cases of Hodgkin's disease, nodular lymphocyte predominant type. The presence of SHML in these patients did not impact clinical decisions, and there was no evidence of SHML elsewhere. Thus, the presence of focal SHML associated with malignant lymphoma in these cases was an incidental histologic finding that seems not to have had any clinical significance.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Female
  • Histiocytosis, Sinus / metabolism
  • Histiocytosis, Sinus / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Lymph Nodes / pathology*
  • Lymphatic Diseases / metabolism
  • Lymphatic Diseases / pathology*
  • Lymphoma / pathology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • S100 Proteins / analysis


  • S100 Proteins