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Am J Surg Pathol. 2004 Jul;28(7):967-73.

T-cell posttransplant lymphoproliferative disorder occurring in a pediatric solid-organ transplant patient.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA.


Posttransplantation lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD) is a serious complication seen in transplant patients as a consequence of immunosuppressant therapy. Most cases are of B-cell origin and are commonly associated with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection. T-cell PTLDs are rare and only 13 pediatric T-cell PTLDs with clinicopathologic correlation have been reported previously. We present the histologic, immunophenotypic, and molecular features of a monomorphic PTLD (T-cell lymphoma) identified in a pediatric patient following orthotopic liver transplantation. The lymphoma was identified in the ileum, rectum, and mesenteric lymph nodes. In situ hybridization revealed numerous EBER-1-positive tumor cells. A current review of the literature is also discussed. Of the 14 cases of pediatric T-cell PTLD reported in the literature, only 3 (21.4%) are described as being EBV positive. Most of the reported PTLDs are monoclonal, with 9 of 11 cases (82%) showing a clonal T-cell population by gene rearrangement studies. T-cell PTLD cases appear to have a poor prognosis (11 of 14 patients died of the disease), although patients with involvement of specific anatomic sites may have a better outcome.

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