Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Primary cutaneous CD4+ small-to-medium-sized pleomorphic T-cell lymphoma: a rare case report of infant
  1. Duo Li1,2,
  2. Bin Guo3,
  3. Daiqiang Li2,
  4. Christopher Chang4,
  5. Qianjin Lu1
  1. 1 Department of Dermatology, Second Xiangya Hospital, Central South University; Hunan Key Laboratory of Medical Epigenomics, Changsha, Hunan, China
  2. 2 Department of Pathology, Second Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, China
  3. 3 Department of Anesthesiology, Second Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, China
  4. 4 Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology, University of California at Davis, Davis, California, USA
  1. Correspondence to Professor Qianjin Lu, Department of Dermatology, Second Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, #139 Renmin Middle Road, Changsha, Hunan 410011, China; qianlu5860{at}

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.

A 6-month-old male baby presented with a solitary skin nodule (2.5×2.5×2.5 cm) on his left cheek (figure 1). The nodule was medium-hard and sharply demarcated. The skin on the surface of the nodule was smooth. Two months earlier, the lesion was discovered coincidentally as a soybean-sized papule with no redness, swelling, heat, pain, pruritus or desquamation. The lesion then gradually increased in size and became erythematous. The infant had no systemic findings of fever, chills, night sweats or weight loss. Lymphadenopathy and hepatosplenomegaly were absent.

Figure 1

A solitary skin nodule on the left cheek of the infant.

The key clinical feature of the case is an enlarging solitary skin nodule on his left cheek, with no other discomfort or systemic involvement. The differential diagnosis includes skin malignancy, juvenile xanthogranuloma, mastocytosis, angioma, dermatofibroma and Langerhans cell histiocytosis. Surgical resection of the entire nodule was performed for pathological diagnosis and management strategy.

Microscopically, H&E staining revealed a dense non-epitheliotropic infiltrate of small-to-medium-sized atypical T-cells. The infiltrate showed a nodular pattern in the dermis and subcutis. Immunohistochemistry showed neoplastic cells were CD3+/CD4+/CD2+/CD5+ and CD8 (−)/CD30 (−)/CD56 (−)/TIA-1 (−)/CD20 (−)/CD7 (−). The proliferative marker, Ki-67, showed a low nuclear reaction involving 10% neoplastic cells (figure 2). In situ hybridisation for Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) was negative. Clonal TCR gene rearrangements were detected (figure 3). The diagnosis of primary cutaneous …

View Full Text


  • Contributors DL drafted the manuscript. BG collected the clinical data. DL supplied the majority of the figures and figure legends. CC contributed to the manuscript. QL designed the project and contributed to the manuscript.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Ethics approval The human ethics committee of the Central South University Xiangya Medical School.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.