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Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2004 Dec;128(12):1445-7.

Leukemoid reaction: a diagnostic clue in metastatic carcinoma mimicking classic Hodgkin lymphoma.

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Department of Pathology, State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Syracuse 13210, USA.


We report on 2 patients who were initially suspected to have classic Hodgkin lymphoma because of lymphadenopathy and the presence of Reed-Sternberg-like cells. Both patients had an associated leukemoid reaction (using a threshold leukocyte count of 50 000/microL) and were eventually diagnosed with metastatic carcinoma. Disseminated carcinoma can mimic Hodgkin lymphoma clinically, radiologically, and histologically. Reed-Sternberg-like cells may be found in carcinomas, and they represent a particularly challenging diagnostic pitfall for the unwary. When these cells lead to a suspicion of Hodgkin lymphoma, the presence of a leukemoid reaction should prompt the pathologist to question the diagnosis. Misdiagnosis can be avoided by the use of cytokeratin whenever a leukemoid reaction is present in a suspected case of Hodgkin lymphoma.

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