Primary effusion Burkitt's lymphoma with t(8;22) in a patient with hepatitis C virus related cirrhosis

Valeria Ascoli, Francesco Lo Coco, Marco Artini, Massimo Levrero, Alberto Fruscalzo, Cristina Mecucci

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Abstract

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection may be complicated by non-Hodgkin's lymphoma through yet unknown pathogenetic mechanisms. We describe the case of a patient with HCV-related cirrhosis who developed a primary effusion lymphoma (PEL) of Burkitt's type confined to the peritoneal cavity, in the absence of immunodeficiency or autoimmunity. Paracentesis followed by immunophenotyping, karyotyping, and molecular studies allowed us to diagnose a small noncleaved B-cell lymphoma (CD20+, CD24+, CD10+, CD5-, CD23-, λ+) with the t(8;22) (q24;q11) translocation and clonal rearrangement of the immunoglobulin heavy chain gene. HCV-RNA, Epstein-Barr virus and Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus were not identified within lymphoma cells. The finding of HCV-RNA in the ascitic fluid suggests a link between HCV and development of lymphoma with HCV playing the role of persistent antigenic stimulation to intraperitoneal B-cell clonal expansion(s).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-104
Number of pages4
JournalHuman Pathology
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1997

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Primary Effusion Lymphoma
Burkitt Lymphoma
Hepacivirus
Fibrosis
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Lymphoma
RNA
Immunoglobulin Heavy Chain Genes
Paracentesis
Human Herpesvirus 8
Immunophenotyping
Karyotyping
Ascitic Fluid
Peritoneal Cavity
B-Cell Lymphoma
Virus Diseases
Autoimmunity
Human Herpesvirus 4
B-Lymphocytes

Keywords

  • B-cell
  • Burkitt's lymphoma
  • effusion
  • extranodal lymphoma
  • hepatitis C virus
  • peritoneal cavity

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  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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Primary effusion Burkitt's lymphoma with t(8;22) in a patient with hepatitis C virus related cirrhosis. / Ascoli, Valeria; Lo Coco, Francesco; Artini, Marco; Levrero, Massimo; Fruscalzo, Alberto; Mecucci, Cristina.

In: Human Pathology, Vol. 28, No. 1, 1997, p. 101-104.

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Ascoli, Valeria ; Lo Coco, Francesco ; Artini, Marco ; Levrero, Massimo ; Fruscalzo, Alberto ; Mecucci, Cristina. / Primary effusion Burkitt's lymphoma with t(8;22) in a patient with hepatitis C virus related cirrhosis. In: Human Pathology. 1997 ; Vol. 28, No. 1. pp. 101-104.
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