Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma

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Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, abbreviated CTCL, is a malignant lymphoid neoplasm that arises in the skin.


  • Mycosis fungoides - is a subtype (???).
  • CTCL is more common than cutaneous B-cell lymphoma (CBCL).[1][2]

Stages - like Kaposi sarcoma:

  • Patch.
  • Plaque.
  • Nodular.


  • Atypical lymphocytes:
    • Have folded "cerebriform" nuclei; Sezary-Lutzner cells.[3]
  • Grouping:
    • Nests in the epidermis - known as "Pautrier microabscesses".
    • Single lymphocytes in epidermis - without accompanying edema.
    • Short linear arrays of lymphocytes along the basal layer of the epidermis; "epidermotropism".[3]





Key stain:

Other stains:

  • CD3 +ve.
  • CD8 -ve.
  • CD20 -ve (to r/o significant B cell population).
  • CD30 -ve.
  • CD5 +ve.
  • CD7 -ve (often lost first in T cell lymphomas).
  • Ki-67 high.
  • CD56 -ve.

See also


  1. URL: Accessed on: 24 August 2010.
  2. URL: Accessed on: 24 August 2010.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Klatt, Edward C. (2006). Robbins and Cotran Atlas of Pathology (1st ed.). Saunders. pp. 385. ISBN 978-1416002741.
  4. Kumar, Vinay; Abbas, Abul K.; Fausto, Nelson; Aster, Jon (2009). Robbins and Cotran pathologic basis of disease (8th ed.). Elsevier Saunders. pp. 1185. ISBN 978-1416031215.