Hydroa vacciniforme-like lymphoma of an adult: a case report with review of the literature

Diagn Pathol. 2013 May 1:8:72. doi: 10.1186/1746-1596-8-72.


Hydroa vacciniforme-like lymphoma (HVL) is a rare type of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-positive lymphoma of cytotoxic T-cell or natural killer cell origin that mainly affect children, characterized by a vesicopapular skin eruption that clinically resemble hydroa vacciniforme (HV). In current study, we report an adult patient with the tumor. The patient presented similar morphologic, immunophenotypic and genotypic changes of the disease with that occurred in children, whereas clinically, he showed a prolonged clinical course without hepatosplenomegaly or generalized lymphadenopathy. Whether there are some differences in biologic behavior between children and adults still remains unknown and it is necessary to collect more data to observe and to investigate in the future.

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Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Epstein-Barr Virus Infections / complications
  • Epstein-Barr Virus Infections / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Hydroa Vacciniforme / diagnosis
  • Hydroa Vacciniforme / pathology*
  • Hydroa Vacciniforme / virology
  • In Situ Hybridization / methods
  • Killer Cells, Natural / pathology
  • Killer Cells, Natural / virology*
  • Lymphoma, T-Cell, Cutaneous / diagnosis
  • Lymphoma, T-Cell, Cutaneous / pathology*
  • Lymphoma, T-Cell, Cutaneous / virology
  • Male
  • Skin Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Skin Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Skin Neoplasms / virology
  • Young Adult