An unusual initial presentation of mantle cell lymphoma arising from the lymphoid stroma of warthin tumor

Diagn Pathol. 2015 Dec 3:10:209. doi: 10.1186/s13000-015-0444-4.


Background: Warthin tumors presenting concomitantly with a lymphoma is vanishingly rare with only 15 reported cases in English literature. Herein, we report an unusual initial presentation of a mantle cell lymphoma involving the lymphoid stroma of a Warthin tumor.

Case presentation: A seventy-seven year old otherwise healthy gentleman with a 50-pack year smoking history presents with a slowly enlarging left cheek mass. CT scan of the neck demonstrated a left parotid gland tumor measuring 3.4 cm in greatest dimension. He underwent a left superficial parotidectomy, with subsequent histopathologic examination revealing a Warthin tumor with extensive expansion of the lymphoid stroma. Flow cytometric, immunohistochemical, and cytogenetic studies of the stromal component of the tumor confirmed the presence of a mantle cell lymphoma. Clinical staging demonstrated stage IVa disease, and was considered to be at low to intermediate risk due to the slow growth of the parotid lesion. The patient is undergoing close follow up with repeat PET-CT scans at six months.

Conclusion: To the best of our knowledge, this is the first well documented collision tumor between mantle cell lymphoma and a Warthin tumor. This case also brings to light the significance of thorough evaluation of the lymphoid component of Warthin tumor.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adenolymphoma / complications
  • Adenolymphoma / diagnosis
  • Adenolymphoma / pathology*
  • Aged
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Lymphoma, Mantle-Cell / complications
  • Lymphoma, Mantle-Cell / diagnosis
  • Lymphoma, Mantle-Cell / pathology*
  • Male
  • Parotid Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Parotid Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed