Primary Cutaneous Lymphomas in Children and Adolescents

Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2016 Nov;63(11):1886-94. doi: 10.1002/pbc.26076. Epub 2016 May 27.


Primary cutaneous lymphomas are rare in children and mostly represented by mycosis fungoides and CD30(+) lymphoproliferative disorders. Most pediatric cutaneous lymphomas have similar clinical/pathological features as their adult counterparts, particularly the T-cell subtypes. With regard to outcome, adult cutaneous mature T-cell lymphomas have a tendency to progression, while this appears to be relatively infrequent in children. The outcome of cutaneous B-cell lymphomas depends on subtype, with the B-lymphoblastic entity being associated with similar outcomes to precursor B acute lymphoblastic leukemia, while there are insufficient data on other entities. The diagnosis and treatment of these patients require a close collaboration between experienced pediatric pathologists, dermatologists, and oncologists. Prospective collection of longitudinal clinical and biological data from children with these rare lymphomas is needed to better understand their biological and clinical behavior and to ultimately discover the best therapeutic strategies.

Keywords: cutaneous NHL; management; pediatric; treatment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Lymphoma, T-Cell, Cutaneous / diagnosis
  • Lymphoma, T-Cell, Cutaneous / mortality
  • Lymphoma, T-Cell, Cutaneous / therapy*
  • Lymphomatoid Papulosis / therapy
  • Mycosis Fungoides / therapy*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Skin Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Skin Neoplasms / mortality
  • Skin Neoplasms / therapy*