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Hum Pathol. 1996 Oct;27(10):1093-5.

Ki-1 anaplastic large cell lymphoma with a prominent leukemic phase.

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Department of Pathology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor 48109-06021, USA.


Patients with Ki-1 (CD30)-positive anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) occasionally have rare circulating lymphoma cells. We report a case of ALCL with a prominent leukemic phase. A 36-year-old man presented with widespread ALCL involving lymph nodes, spleen, pleural fluid, cerebrospinal fluid, and bone marrow. His white blood cell count was 106,000/mm3 with 20% lymphoma cells. The circulating neoplastic cells were large, and had irregular nuclei with multiple small nucleoli, ample cytoplasm, and multiple clear cytoplasmic vacuoles. This case illustrates that ALCL may have a marked leukemic phase composed of large anaplastic cells.

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