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Histopathology. 2002 Jan;40(1):31-45.

Histiocyte-rich, T-cell-rich B-cell lymphoma: a distinct diffuse large B-cell lymphoma subtype showing characteristic morphologic and immunophenotypic features.

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Department of Morphology and Molecular Pathology, University Hospitals K. U. Leuven, Minderbroedersstraat 12, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium.



The clinicopathological features of histiocyte-rich, T-cell-rich B-cell lymphoma (HRTR-BCL) were first recognized in 1992. In this study, 60 cases of HRTR-BCL were analysed in order to provide a detailed morphological and immunophenotypical profile of the disorder.


HRTR-BCL is easily distinguished from other B-cell lymphomas rich in stromal T-cells by (i) a diffuse or vaguely nodular growth pattern, (ii) the presence of a minority population of CD15-, CD20+ large neoplastic B-cells, (iii) a prominent stromal component composed of both T-cells and non-epithelioid histiocytes, and (iv) the scarcity of small reactive B-cells. These criteria also enable a reliable distinction from lymphocyte-rich classical Hodgkin's lymphoma (CHL), from lymphocyte-predominant Hodgkin's lymphoma (LPHL), paragranuloma type and from peripheral T-cell lymphoma. Based on the morphology of the neoplastic cells and on their frequent bcl-6 immunoreactivity, we speculate that HRTR-BCL may be derived from a progenitor cell of germinal centre origin.


HRTR-BCL presents characteristic clinical features, affecting predominantly middle-aged men who present with advanced stage disease and are at high risk of treatment failure. Considering these distinctive clinicopathological features, recognizing HRTR-BCL as a lymphoma entity may be justified.

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