Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma

Emilio Iannitto, Andrés J M Ferreri, Viviana Minardi, Claudio Tripodo, Hans H. Kreipe

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Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AITL) is a rare and aggressive neoplasm clinically characterized by sudden onset of constitutional symptoms, lymphadenopathy, hepatosplenomegaly, frequent autoimmune phenomena, particularly hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia, and polyclonal hypergammaglobulinemia. The lymph node histological picture is also distinctive, constituted by a polymorphic infiltrate, a marked proliferation of high endothelial venules, and a dense meshwork of dentritic cells. The neoplastic CD4+ T-cells represent a minority of the lymph node cell population; its detection is facilitated by the aberrant expression of CD10. Almost all cases arbor an EBV infected B-cell population. Patients with AITL have a poor prognosis with conventional treatment, with a median overall survival of less than 3 years. Patients achieving a good clinical response seem beneficiate from a consolidation with high-dose therapy and autologous stem cell transplantation. Constitutional symptoms and autoimmune phenomena, and some times also the neoplastic masses may respond to immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory agents such as thalidomide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)264-271
Number of pages8
JournalCritical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008


  • Angioimmunoblastic lymphoma
  • Autologous transplant
  • Hypergammaglobulinemia
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Peripheral T-cell lymphoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Hematology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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