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Case Rep Oncol. 2011 Feb 14;4(1):68-73. doi: 10.1159/000324485.

Intrahepatic lymphoepithelioma-like cholangiocarcinoma not associated with epstein-barr virus: a case report.

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Department of Pathology, Dankook University College of Medicine, Cheonan, Korea.


Lymphoepithelioma-like cholangiocarcinomas are rare tumors and most of them are related with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection. Here, a case of a patient with lymphoepithelioma-like cholangiocarcinoma not associated with EBV infection is presented. In a 79-year-old man with hepatitis B virus-associated cirrhosis, a liver mass was detected on abdominal CT. Macroscopically, the resected tumor was pale gray, rubbery and well defined. Histologically, the tumor was composed of two components: an adenocarcinoma that formed irregular small glands and a lymphoepithelioma-like carcinoma that exhibited sheets of undifferentiated epithelial cells with lymphoid stroma. Lymphoplasmacytic infiltrates were more predominant in the lymphoepithelioma-like carcinoma than in the adenocarcinoma. Both components were roughly divided, but they gradually merged. Immunohistochemically, the adenocarcinoma component was diffusely positive for AE1/AE3, cytokeratin 7, cytokeratin 19 and epithelial membrane antigen, while the lymphoepithelioma-like carcinoma component was focally positive for them. However, both components were diffusely positive for p53 protein, and in situ hybridization using EBV-encoded RNA 1 was negative in both components as well. Examination of a resected para-aortic lymph node revealed metastasis exclusively of the lymphoepithelioma-like carcinoma component.


Cholangiocarcinoma; Epstein-Barr virus; Liver; Lymphoepithelioma-like carcinoma

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