Clinicopathologic and molecular features in cutaneous extranodal natural killer-/T-cell lymphoma, nasal type, with aggressive and indolent course

Isabella Fried, Monika Artl, Carlo Cota, Hansgeorg Müller, Elvira Bartolo, Sebastiana Boi, Concetta Chiarelli, Esmeralda Vale, Matthias Schmuth, Thomas Wiesner, Michael R. Speicher, Lorenzo Cerroni

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Abstract

Background: Extranodal natural killer-/T-cell lymphoma, nasal type (ENKTCL-NT) is a highly aggressive lymphoma and prognosis is usually poor. The genetic background of primary cutaneous cases is poorly understood. Objective: We sought to evaluate the clinicopathologic features of cutaneous ENKTCL-NT, and the prognostic significance of genomic copy number alterations. Methods: Eight cases of cutaneous ENKTCL-NT (5 primary, 2 secondary, 1 no staging performed), including 2 patients with an unusually prolonged course of 5 and 23 years, were investigated using array comparative genomic hybridization. Results: All patients presented with typical clinicopathologic features. Epstein-Barr virus was found in neoplastic cells in all specimens. Copy number alterations were detected in all 8 cases with losses on 6q (37.5% of cases) and 7p (37.5% of cases), and gains on 7q (37.5% of cases) being the most frequent. Complexity of array comparative genomic hybridization profile did not correlate with the course of the disease. However, an increase of copy number alterations was detected in sequential biopsy specimens of 1 long-term survivor. Limitations: This was a small case series retrospective study. Conclusion: Clinicopathologic features of cutaneous ENKTCL-NT are distinctive. Lower number of copy number alterations cannot be used as predictor for prolonged survival in cutaneous ENKTCL-NT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)716-723
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume70
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • array comparative genomic hybridization
  • clinicopathologic features
  • cutaneous T-cell lymphoma
  • extranodal natural killer-/T-cell lymphoma
  • genomic aberrations
  • nasal type
  • prognosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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