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lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma

Wednesday 2 November 2005

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- HPC:279 : Lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma in the bone marrow.

Definition: Lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma (LPL) includes most cases of Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia and consists of a diffuse proliferation of small lymphocytes, plasmacytoid lymphocytes and plasma cells.

The typical histologic features of small lymphocytic lymphoma, mantle cell lymphoma and marginal zone lymphoma must be absent.


- Pan-B+
- CD5-
- CD10-
- cyIgM+

B-cell antigens are positive; whereas CD5 and, usually, CD23 test negative.

The cells express surface and cytoplasmic IgM and are IgD-.

CD10 is negative, whereas a proportion of cases have faint CD25 and CD11c expression.

The postulated normal counterpart is a B-lymphocyte differentiating into an IgM-secreting plasma cell.

The putative cell of origin is a peripheral B-lymphocyte transforming into plasma cell with mutated IgV genes and ongoing mutations.


- t(9;14)(p13;q32) (PAX5/IGH) (50% of cases) (9p13 and 14q32)

  • The t(9;14)(p13;q32), fusing the IgH gene with the BSAP (B-cell specific activator protein), also called PAX5, has been found in 50% of the cases.
  • This balanced translocation cannot be viewed as specific for this lymphoma, having been reported in rare marginal zone lymphomas and large cell lymphomas.

- other 14q32 translocations

  • with 8q24 ( t(8;14)(q24;q32))
  • 18q21 ( t(14;18)(q32;q21)

- trisomies of chromosomes 3 (+3; trisomy 3) and 12 (+12; trisomy 12) and an isochromosome 6p (i(6p))


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