Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma

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Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma
Classification and external resources
ICD-10 C84.4 (ILDS C84.460)
ICD-O: 9705/3[1]
MeSH D007119

Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AITL, sometimes misspelled AILT) (also known as "Angioimmunoblastic lymphadenopathy with dysproteinemia"[2]:747) is a mature T-cell lymphoma of blood or lymph vessel immunoblasts characterized by a polymorphous lymph node infiltrate showing a marked increase in follicular dendritic cells (FDCs) and high endothelial venules (HEVs) and systemic involvement.[1] It is also known as immunoblastic lymphadenopathy (Lukes-Collins Classification) and AILD-type (lymphogranulomatosis X) T-cell lymphoma (Kiel Classification)[1]


The typical patient with angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AILT) is either middle-aged or elderly, and no gender preference for this disease has been observed.[1] AILT comprises 15-20% of peripheral T-cell lymphomas and 1-2% of all non-Hodgkin lymphomas.[3]

Clinical features[edit]


This disease was originally thought to be a premalignant condition, termed angioimmunoblastic lymphadenopathy, and this atypical reactive lymphadenopathy carried a risk for transformation into a lymphoma. Currently, it is postulated that the originating cell for this disease is a mature (post-thymic) CD4+ T-cell that arises de novo,[1] although some researchers argue that there is a premalignant subtype of this disease.[4][5] The Epstein–Barr virus (EBV) is observed in the majority of cases,[1] and the virus has been found in the reactive B-cells that comprise part of the polymorphous infiltrate of this disease[6] and in the neoplastic T-cells.[7] Immunodeficiency is also seen with this disease, but it is a sequela to the condition and not a predisposing factor.[1]

Clinical presentation[edit]

Patients with this disease usually present at an advanced stage and show systemic involvement. The clinical findings typically include a pruritic skin rash and possibly edema, ascites, pleural effusions, and arthritis.[8][9]

Laboratory findings[edit]

The classical laboratory finding is polyclonal hypergammaglobulinemia, and other immunoglobulin derangements are also seen, including hemolytic anemia with cold agglutinins, circulating immune complexes, anti-smooth muscle antibodies, and positive rheumatoid factor.[1][8]

Sites of involvement[edit]

Due to the systemic nature of this disease, neoplastic cells can be found in lymph nodes, liver, spleen, skin, and bone marrow.


Lymph node[edit]

The normal architecture of a lymph node is partially effaced by a polymorphous infiltrate and residual follicles are commonly seen. The polymorphous infiltrate consists of lymphocytes of moderate size with pale/clear cytoplasm and smaller reactive lymphocytes, eosinophils, histiocytes, plasma cells, and follicular dendritic cells. In addition, blast-like B-cells are occasionally seen. A classic morphological finding is the aborization and proliferation of high endothelial venules.[1] Hyperplastic germinal centers and Reed-Sternberg-like cells can also be seen.[10][11]


AILT typically has the phenotype of a mixture of CD4+ and CD8+ T-cells, with a CD4:CD8 ratio greater than unity. Polyclonal plasma cells and CD21+ follicular dendritic cells are also seen.[1]

Molecular findings[edit]

Clonal T-cell receptor gene rearrangements are detected in 75% of cases,[12] and immunoglobin gene rearrangements are seen in 10% of cases, and these cases are believed to be due to expanded EBV-driven B-cell populations.[13] Similarly, EBV-related sequences can be detected most cases, usually in B-cells but occasionally in T-cells.[6][7] Trisomy 3, trisomy 5, and +X are the most frequent chromosomal abnormalities found in cases.[14] [15]

See also[edit]


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