Plasmablastic lymphoma

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This article deals with plasmablastic lymphoma as defined in the WHO 2008 classification. For other entities sometimes termed plasmablastic lymphoma, see Large B-cell lymphoma arising in HHV8-associated multicentric Castleman's disease and Extracavitary HHV–8-positive lymphoma

Plasmablastic lymphoma is a type of large B-cell lymphoma, recognized in the WHO 2008 classification.[1][2]:378–380[3] It is CD20 negative, and has an immunophenotype that resembles plasma cells.[2]:378–380 In formal use, lymphomas with plasmablastic immunophenotype such as primary effusion lymphoma, ALK+ large B-cell lymphoma, large B-cell lymphoma arising in HHV8-associated multicentric Castleman's disease and extracavitary HHV–8-positive lymphoma are not part of this category, although sometimes the literature has confused this point.[2]:378–380


The median age of diagnosis is approximately fourth and fifth decades.[2]:378 The disease often arises in the oral cavity, particularly in HIV disease,[4] but other sites include nasal cavity, gastrointestinal tract, skin, bone soft tissue, and lung.[2]:378[4][5]:510–511[6] There is usually immunodeficiency, such as HIV, organ transplants, autoimmune diseases[2]:378[7]

Like Burkitt's lymphoma, the morphology has a "starry sky".[2]:378 However, the immunophenotype resembles plasma cells: CD45-, CD20-, CD79a+/-, PAX5-, CD38+, CD138+ and MUM1+.[2]:379 Ki67 is over 90%.[2]:378 Epstein–Barr virus (EBV) is positive in 75%; HHV-8 is negative.[2]:379 The World Health Organization (2016) classified EBV-positive plasmablastic lymphoma as one of the Epstein-Barr virus-associated lymphoproliferative diseases, terming it Epstein Barr virus-positive plasmablastic lymphoma .[8]


Chemotherapy with CHOP, infusional EPOCH, hyperCVAD, and CODOX-M/IVAC is often used.[4][6] The prognosis is generally poor,[3] for example 6 to 7 months[2]:378 and 14 months.[4]

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  4. ^ a b c d Luria L, Nguyen J, Zhou J, et al. (2014). "Manifestations of gastrointestinal plasmablastic lymphoma: a case series with literature review". World J. Gastroenterol. 20 (33): 11894–903. doi:10.3748/wjg.v20.i33.11894. PMC 4155383. PMID 25206297.
  5. ^ Armitage, JO; Mauch PM; Harris NL; et al. (2010). "Chapter 35". Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas (2nd ed.). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN 9780781791168.
  6. ^ a b Castillo JJ, Reagan JL (2011). "Plasmablastic lymphoma: a systematic review". ScientificWorldJournal. 11: 687–96. doi:10.1100/tsw.2011.59. PMID 21442146.
  7. ^ Acta Cytol. 2014;58(3):309-17. doi: 10.1159/000360359. Epub 2014 Mar 27. Extraoral plasmablastic lymphoma detected using ascitic fluid cytology and flow cytometry: a case report with a review of the literature.
  8. ^ Rezk SA, Zhao X, Weiss LM (June 2018). "Epstein - Barr virus - associated lymphoid proliferations, a 2018 update". Human Pathology. doi:10.1016/j.humpath.2018.05.020. PMID 29885408.