Diffuse lymphocyte-predominant Hodgkin's disease (diffuse paragranuloma). A variant of the B-cell-derived nodular type

Am J Pathol. 1991 Jan;138(1):29-36.


Lymph node sections from 10 cases of mixed nodular/diffuse and 10 cases of completely diffuse lymphocyte-predominant Hodgkin's disease (LPHD) were immunophenotyped. The results obtained were compared with those of nodular LPHD (nodular paragranuloma). In conventional stains, nodular/diffuse LPHD differed from diffuse LPHD in the presence of nodularity, which can be best demonstrated with silver impregnation. Immunohistologic analysis showed a correlation of the difference in nodularity with the presence or absence and pattern of follicular dendritic cell (FDC) meshwork, ie, a relatively sharply defined and large spherical meshwork was present in nodular areas of nodular/diffuse LPHD, whereas FDCs were either absent or present in a diffuse, ill-defined meshwork, usually of small size, in the diffuse zones of nodular/diffuse LPHD and in diffuse LPHD. The amount of FDC meshwork corresponded roughly to the number of reactive B cells and T cells, meaning that in diffuse areas significantly fewer B cells and more T cells were observed than in nodular areas. The immunohistologic analysis also showed that the antigen profile (positivity with the monoclonal B-cell marker L26 in the majority [14/20] of cases and negativity for CD15 in all but one of 20 cases) of the tumor cells in both nodular/diffuse LPHD and diffuse LPHD were comparable while it was different from the antigen profile (L26- and CD15+) in most cases of nodular sclerosis and mixed cellularity types of HD. This suggests that the considered subtypes of LPHD differ mainly in FDC pattern, but not in origin and nature of the tumor cells. This further justifies assignment of the above-mentioned LPHD subtypes to the category paragranuloma (LPHD).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • B-Lymphocytes / pathology
  • Biopsy
  • Hodgkin Disease / classification
  • Hodgkin Disease / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Immunologic Techniques
  • Lymph Nodes / pathology
  • Lymphocytes / pathology*
  • Phenotype