Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
On-line version ISSN 1806-4841
NUNES, Mariana de Gusmão et al. Cutaneous B-cell lymphoma: a case report. An. Bras. Dermatol. [online]. 2004, vol.79, n.6, pp. 715-720. ISSN 1806-4841. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0365-05962004000600008.
Cutaneous lymphomas are classified as either type B cell or T cell lymphoma, the former type being less frequent. Cutaneous B cell lymphoma (CBCL) may be primary or secondary. The latter has a more aggressive natural history with a worse prognostic. In this paper, the authors present a secondary CBCL case with a three-year evolution, indolent course, without involvement of other organs beside the skin and with optimal response to chemotherapeutic treatment. The distinction between primary and secondary CBCL is very difficult to determine insofar as they are clinically and histopathologically indistinguishable. It is always necessary to investigate whether internal organs have been affected prior to defining the prognosis.
Keywords : lymphoma, B-Cell; skin manifestations; prognosis.