Consensus recommendations for the diagnosis and clinical management of Rosai-Dorfman-Destombes disease

Blood. 2018 Jun 28;131(26):2877-2890. doi: 10.1182/blood-2018-03-839753. Epub 2018 May 2.


Rosai-Dorfman-Destombes disease (RDD) is a rare non-Langerhans cell histiocytosis characterized by accumulation of activated histiocytes within affected tissues. RDD, which now belongs to the R group of the 2016 revised histiocytosis classification, is a widely heterogeneous entity with a range of clinical phenotypes occurring in isolation or in association with autoimmune or malignant diseases. Recent studies have found NRAS, KRAS, MAP2K1, and ARAF mutations in lesional tissues, raising the possibility of a clonal origin in some forms of RDD. More than 1000 reports have been published in the English literature; however, there is a lack of consensus regarding approach for the clinical management of RDD. Although in most cases RDD can be observed or treated with local therapies, some patients with refractory or multifocal disease experience morbidity and mortality. Here we provide the first consensus multidisciplinary recommendations for the diagnosis and management of RDD. These recommendations were discussed at the 32nd Histiocyte Society Meeting by an international group of academic clinicians and pathologists with expertise in RDD. We include guidelines for clinical, laboratory, pathologic, and radiographic evaluation of patients with RDD together with treatment recommendations based on clinical experience and review of the literature.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones / therapeutic use
  • Biopsy
  • Disease Management
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease
  • Histiocytes / metabolism
  • Histiocytes / pathology*
  • Histiocytosis, Sinus / diagnosis*
  • Histiocytosis, Sinus / genetics
  • Histiocytosis, Sinus / pathology
  • Histiocytosis, Sinus / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Immunotherapy
  • Mutation
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Prognosis
  • Radiotherapy


  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones