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J Dermatol Sci. 2007 Dec;48(3):157-67. Epub 2007 Oct 25.

Recent advances in cutaneous lymphomas.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Zürich, Gloriastrasse 31, CH-8091 Zürich, Switzerland. reinhard.dummer@usz.ch

Abstract

Cutaneous lymphomas are a heterogeneous group of extranodal lymphomas that are characterized by an initial accumulation of mononuclear, mostly lymphocytic cells in the skin. Recent discoveries of changes in molecular biology and immunology of these tumors have paved the way to a better understanding of the processes that govern lymphomagenesis in the skin and more importantly, they have contributed to the development of the new WHO-EORTC classification system. Only now has the field of cutaneous lymphomas gained a novel, long-awaited basis that may act as a new starting point in the collection of clinical as well molecular and immunological data on comparative basis. This review will try to highlight the newest findings in the pathogenesis of primary cutaneous T- and B-cell lymphomas, hematodermic neoplasm and HTLV-1 positive disorders as well as their translation into efficient therapeutic strategies.

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