Centroblastic and centroblastic-centrocytic lymphomas associated with prominent epithelioid granulomatous response without plasma cell differentiation: a clinicopathologic study of 12 cases

Hum Pathol. 1996 Jul;27(7):660-7. doi: 10.1016/s0046-8177(96)90395-0.


To clarify the clinicopathologic features of B-cell lymphoma associated with prominent epithelioid granulomatous responses other than immunocytomas, 12 patients were studied. There were six men and six women. The lymphoma generally affected elderly patients (median age, 58.5 years) and was mostly nodal in origin. Seven of the 12 patients had a localized lesion (stage I or II), and five had an advanced lesion (stage III or IV). Histologically, four patients showed a follicular growth pattern and eight a diffuse growth pattern. Based on the updated Kiel classification, nine patients showed centroblastic lymphomas, and three showed centroblastic-centrocytic lymphomas. The epithelioid cells were accumulated in large, poorly demarcated masses. Trabecular fibrosis compartmentalized in the lymph nodes, producing a vague nodular pattern in low-power fields. Immunohistochemical studies of the tumor cells revealed positive membrane staining with L26 in all 12 patients and with LN-1 antibody in 9 of 10 patients. Expression of the bcl-2 protein was present in all seven patients tested. Genotypic investigation exhibited germline configuration of the immunoglobulin heavy chain gene, the T-cell receptor beta-chain gene and the bcl-2 gene in all three patients investigated. By in situ hybridization, Epstein-Barr virus genomes were detected in only a few tumor cells in three of the patients tested. This study indicated that most, if not all, of the B-cell lymphomas with prominent epithelioid granulomatous responses other than immunocytoma were of follicular center cell origin.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Antibodies
  • B-Lymphocytes / immunology
  • Cell Differentiation
  • Female
  • Genome, Viral
  • Genotype
  • Herpesvirus 4, Human / genetics
  • Herpesvirus 4, Human / isolation & purification
  • Humans
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • In Situ Hybridization
  • Lymphoma, B-Cell / genetics
  • Lymphoma, B-Cell / immunology
  • Lymphoma, B-Cell / pathology*
  • Lymphoma, Follicular / genetics
  • Lymphoma, Follicular / immunology
  • Lymphoma, Follicular / pathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Plasma Cells / pathology


  • Antibodies