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Primary cutaneous CD30+ anaplastic large-cell lymphoma in a young patient with psoriasis
Ming-Chun Chen, Di-Qing Luo

Psoriasis is a common chronic inflammatory cutaneous disease, while primary cutaneous CD30+ anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (PC-ALCL) is a rare T-cell lymphoma which always has an excellent prognosis, although multifocal PC-ALCL tends to relapse after systemic chemotherapy. Psoriasis associated with PC-ALCL is exceptionally rare. We report a 29-year-old Chinese female with a 5-year history of psoriasis treated with Chinese herbs alone, who was referred to our institution with a tumor on the left clavicular region for 1 year and another one on the left palm for 2 months. Skin biopsies of both lesions showed diffuse infiltration of tumor cells, composed of large atypical cells with marked nuclear pleomorphism, prominent nucleoli, and eosinophilic cytoplasm. Large numbers of neutrophilic infiltrations were also noted in the lesion. Immunostaining revealed the lesion to be positive for CD30, vimentin, CD45, and CD68, and weakly positive for epithelial membrane antigen, but negative for anaplastic lymphoma receptor tyrosine kinase. The patient was diagnosed to have psoriasis associated with PC-ALCL; she died 18 months after the final diagnosis with unknown cause. We consider that immune dysregulation and/or Chinese herbs may play roles in the development of the present PC-ALCL.

Keywords: CD30 positive, psoriasis, skin, T-cell lymphoma

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