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1/236. Herpesvirus 8 inclusions in primary effusion lymphoma: report of a unique case with T-cell phenotype.

    We describe a case of primary effusion lymphoma with T-cell phenotype, mixed genotype, and intranuclear herpesvirus inclusions visible with the light microscope. Cells were studied by immunohistochemical analysis, in situ hybridization, immunoglobulin and T-cell receptor gene rearrangement, and polymerase chain reaction. Primary effusion lymphoma cells with T-cell phenotype revealed herpesvirus 8 inclusions predominantly seen in apoptotic cells, suggesting that productive viral infection is associated with cell death. Clinical features were typical of primary effusion lymphoma. Cytologic, molecular genetic, and phenotypic features demonstrated a unique variant of primary effusion lymphoma. ( info)

2/236. cardiac tamponade originating from primary gastric signet ring cell carcinoma.

    A 45-year-old man with dry cough and dyspnea was referred by a medical practitioner for evaluation of heart failure on February 10, 1996. Chest X-ray revealed increased cardiothoracic ratio, and ultrasonographic echocardiography disclosed massive pericardial effusion with right ventricular collapse. cardiac tamponade was diagnosed and pericardiocentesis was performed. Ten days after admission, the pleural effusion had become more pronounced, and thoracocentesis was performed. carcinoembryonic antigen level was elevated in both the pericardial and pleural effusion, and cytology implicated adenocarcinoma, which suggested malignant effusion. Endoscopic study disclosed gastric cancer in the posterior wall of the upper body, and the histopathological diagnosis was signet-ring cell carcinoma. The patient died of respiratory failure on May 2, 1996, and autopsy was performed. The final diagnosis was gastric cancer with pulmonary lymphangitis, pericarditis, and pleuritis carcinomatosa, accompanied by enlargement of mediastinal and paraaortic lymph nodes. Interestingly, the primary signet-ring cell carcinoma of the stomach was situated mostly in the mucosa. Deep in the submucosal region, there was prominent invasion of the intralymphatic vessels, without direct destruction of the mucosa muscularis. ( info)

3/236. Beneficial treatment of patients with advanced cancer using a newcastle disease virus vaccine (MTH-68/H).

    newcastle disease virus Vaccine (MTH-68/H) was administered to patients suffering from advanced neoplastic diseases after non-efficient tumor-destructive treatment. case reports of selected patients suggest promising effects of this treatment. A prospectively-randomized clinical study (phase III; in accordance with Good Clinical Practice, GCP) was proposed to confirm these results and is currently under consideration. ( info)

4/236. A mass in the buttock of a schizophrenic.

    A 70-year-old man with a 10-year history of depot injections with anti-psychotic drugs for schizophrenia developed a diffuse large B-cell lymphoma at the injection site in the buttock. This would appear to be a unique case and lends weight to the suggestion that prolonged local antigenic stimulation may be responsible for the development of extranodal lymphomas. ( info)

5/236. Management of pleural effusions in children with malignant lymphoma.

    PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to determine potential problems in the diagnosis and management of children with pleural effusions and malignant lymphoma as well as the efficacy of thoracentesis. methods: The case histories of six children with malignant lymphoma who presented with pleural effusions were reviewed. Thoracentesis was performed using the Seldinger technique. RESULTS: Four of the children presented with symptoms and chest radiograph findings similar to pneumonia. A large mediastinal mass was present in two children. Pleural fluid analysis resulted in a definitive diagnosis of lymphoma in five of the six children. Two of the children had symptoms of reexpansion pulmonary edema after removal of pleural fluid. An empyema developed in one child after thoracotomy and chest tube placement. Reaccumulation of pleural fluid was common before initiating chemotherapy. CONCLUSIONS: Malignant pleural effusions frequently are present in children with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. They may present with respiratory distress because of the size of the effusion, the mediastinal mass, or both. Management of these pleural effusions is associated with potential complications, some of which are life threatening. Thoracentesis is the initial diagnostic and therapeutic procedure of choice. The use of a Seldinger technique for thoracentesis has proved useful and safe. In patients with large effusions, aggressive removal of the pleural fluid may be followed by reexpansion pulmonary edema. ( info)

6/236. CD-30(Ki-1)-positive anaplastic large cell lymphoma in a pleural effusion. A case report with diagnosis by cytomorphologic and immunocytochemical studies.

    BACKGROUND: Reports on cytodiagnosis of Ki-1-positive anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) are rare. This report describes one such case diagnosed by cytologic examination of a pleural effusion and confirmed by immunocytochemistry. CASE: An 87-year-old male presented with breathlessness, fever and a cough. Computed tomographic scan of the thorax showed a small, right, pleura-based nodule with infiltration of the immediate surroundings in addition to a massive, right-sided pleural effusion. Cytologic examination of pleural fluid revealed a heterogeneous population of cells comprising small mature lymphocytes, and numerous medium and large atypical lymphoid cells having frequent nuclear irregularity. Occasional very large cells resembling reed-sternberg cells or multinucleated cells with a horseshoe or wreathlike arrangement of nuclei (doughnut cells) were also present. Cytomorphology was suggestive of Ki-1 anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL). Immunocytochemistry revealed intense positivity for CD-30, positivity for LCA and EMA in a variable number of cells and a negative result for cytokeratin except for occasional cells. CONCLUSION: Cytologic examination of pleural fluid can serve as a useful tool for the initial diagnosis of Ki-1-positive ALCL. ( info)

7/236. rhabdomyosarcoma in a child with massive pleural effusion: cytological diagnosis from pleural fluid.

    We report on a case of embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma in an 11-yr-old boy investigated for mild chest pain after trauma. Chest radiography showed a massive right pleural effusion. Cytological analysis of the pleural fluid demonstrated the presence of malignant small undifferentiated cells. The rhabdomyoblastic nature of the cells was confirmed by positive immunostains of HHf35 actin, desmin, and skeletal muscle myosin; histological examination of a core biopsy confirmed the diagnosis of rhabdomyosarcoma. Computed tomography and gallium scan revealed the presence of an extensive anterior and lower chest wall mass involving the mediastinum, as well as retroperitoneal lymphadenopathy. Massive pleural effusion is a frequent presentation in malignant disease, but is rare in rhabdomyosarcoma. The immunochemical stain studies performed on cytological smears in this case proved to be very useful for making the definitive and accurate diagnosis. Diagn. Cytopathol. 1999;21:125-128. ( info)

8/236. Squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix simulating an advanced malignancy of the ovaries.

    A 40-year-old woman was diagnosed as having stage II squamous cell cervical carcinoma and managed with radiotherapy. Three months after treatment, she presented with features suggestive of an advanced ovarian tumour including gross abdominal swelling, bilateral ovarian tumours, multiple tumour seedlings in the abdominal cavity and ascites. There was also pleural effusion. Operative findings revealed widespread intra-abdominal metastases whose histology, contrary to expectations, showed squamous cell carcinoma of cervical origin. Distant metastases from squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix are rare. A high index of suspicion is necessary to detect this unusual mode of presentation. ( info)

9/236. Low-grade B-cell lymphoma of mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue in the lung: a report of a case with pleural dissemination.

    A 79-year-old man with an abnormal shadow on a chest radiograph was referred to our hospital for further examination. Open lung biopsy revealed numerous nodules on visceral pleura and the tumor, obtained by wedge resection of the left upper lobe of the lung, consisted of centrocyte-like cells and lymphoplasmacytoid cells, expressing CD20 and CD79a. These cells invaded bronchiolar epithelium to form lymphoepithelial lesions. The pleural-based nodules were similarly composed of the same cells as those in the left upper lobe tumor. To our knowledge, pleural dissemination of low grade B-cell lymphoma of mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue has not been reported previously. ( info)

10/236. Subcutaneous seeding after ultrasound-guided placement of intrapleural catheter. An unusual complication of the intracavitary palliative treatment of pleural mesothelioma.

    Intrapleural catheters are useful in the palliative treatment of malignant effusions. Complications are infrequent and of little importance. We report a case of subcutaneous implantation metastasis along the course of intrapleural catheter, which had been placed under sonographic guidance in a patient with pleural mesothelioma. After drainage of the effusion, cisplatin plus cytarabine was administered via the chest tube, achieving complete remission of the pleural effusion. Subcutaneous metastasis became evident 3 months later and was the only sign of disease progression for 2 months. The seeding of cancer cells was probably caused by a small leakage of fluid around the chest tube that occurred during the placement procedure as a result of the increased intrapleural pressure caused by the large quantity of fluid that had accumulated in the pleural space. ( info)
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