Blastic variant of mantle cell lymphoma following interfollicular Hodgkin's lymphoma

L. E. Grosso, B. T. Collins, J. Visconti

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Infrequently, patients are diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and a morphologically distinct lymphoma. While specific subtypes of lymphomas (including Hodgkin's lymphoma) may present diagnostic difficulties, fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) is sometimes useful in the evaluation and classification of these lymphoproliferative processes. We report a case of the blastic variant of mantle cell lymphoma following Hodgkin's lymphoma, interfollicular variant. A 66-year-old woman with a history of Hodgkin's lymphoma presented with increasing contralateral cervical adenopathy three years after receiving chemotherapy. FNAB with ancillary immunophenotypic characterization identified mantle cell lymphoma, blastic variant. Subsequent excisional biopsy confirmed this diagnosis and also aided in the exclusion of recurrent Hodgkin's lymphoma. In addition to identifying the previously unreported combination of blastic variant of mantle cell lymphoma and Hodgkin's lymphoma, this case emphasizes the utility of FNAB in evaluation of new masses in patient's with a previous diagnosis of Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)675-681
Number of pages7
JournalLeukemia and Lymphoma
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001


  • Hodgkin's disease
  • Immunophenotype
  • Lymphoma
  • Mantle cell


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