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Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2004 Aug;128(8):e96-9.

Posttransplant primary cutaneous Ki-1 (CD30)+/CD56+ anaplastic large cell lymphoma.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, Brain Korea 21 Project for Medical Science, College of Medicine, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.


An anaplastic large cell lymphoma that was negative for Epstein-Barr virus and positive for Ki-1 (CD30) presented as a polypoid scalp mass in a 56-year-old man 16 years after renal transplantation. The lymphoma was of the CD4+ cytotoxic T-cell lineage, and the tumor cells also expressed CD56. Despite reduction in the dose of immunosuppression and localized radiotherapy, the tumor had rapidly progressed to involve the soft tissue of the right hand. Systemic chemotherapy induced complete regression of the soft tissue lesion. This case illustrates that posttransplant primary cutaneous CD30+ anaplastic large cell lymphomas may assume an aggressive clinical course but can still be controlled by systemic chemotherapy.

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