Posttransplantation lymphoproliferative disorders (PTLDs) represent an important complication of solid organ transplantation. The main causative factor of PTLDs seems to be the intensity and type of immunosuppressive therapy and the frequent occurrence of Epstein-Barr virus infection. PTLDs that are disseminated at diagnosis or present late after transplantation generally share an unfavorable prognosis and are unlikely to regress in response to reduction in immunosuppressive therapy. We describe a case of cutaneous B-cell lymphoma occurring 4 years after heart transplantation in which molecular analysis revealed a monoclonal pattern of Epstein-Barr virus infection and immunoglobulin gene rearrangement. In spite of its monoclonal nature and late occurrence, the lymphomatous lesions regressed completely after antiviral treatment and a reduction in immunosuppressive therapy.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation|
|Publication status||Published - 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine