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Leuk Lymphoma. 2007 Nov;48(11):2184-8.

Clinicopathological features of primary cutaneous B-cell lymphomas from an academic regional hospital in central Italy: no evidence of Borrelia burgdorferi association.

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  • 1Anatomia Patologica, Universit√† Politecnica delle Marche, Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona Umberto I, G.M. Lancisi, G. Salesi, Ancona, Italy.


We reviewed the clinico-pathological features of 73 primary cutaneous B-cell lymphomas (PCBCLs), diagnosed in 10 years in Marche region in central Italy, which included 16 marginal zone lymphomas (MZL), 33 follicle centre lymphomas (FCL) and 24 diffuse large B cell lymphomas (DLBCL). We also investigated the presence of Borrelia burgdorferi in tissues by polymerase chain reaction. Differences in age, sex, location site, response to therapy, disease recurrence and 5-year disease-specific survival were observed among the 3 histological groups. Specific DNA sequences of Borrelia burgdorferi were not detected in any of the 73 cases of PCBCL. We conclude that PCBCLs in Marche region behave according to the literature data and do not seem to be associated with Borrelia burgdorferi. Additional investigations should be performed on other possible etiologies, at least in our geographical area.

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