In 1981 Weemaes et al. first described the Nijmegen breakage syndrome (NBS), a rare autosomal recessive disorder characterized by stunted growth, microcephaly, immunodeficiency, spontaneous chromosome instability, and a peculiar predisposition to cancer development. Most NBS-related malignancies are lymphomas, but their pathologic features have rarely been specified. We report here the case of a northern Italian 8-year-old child who, 2 years after the diagnosis of NBS, developed a diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (T cell-rich B-cell lymphoma variant). The histological and immunobiological features of the lymphoma population are analyzed and discussed in detail.
- Congenital immunodeficiency
- Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma
- Nijmegen breakage syndrome
- Non- Hodgkin's lymphoma
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine