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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Reassessment Of Diagnostic Criteria In Cutaneous Lymphocytic Infiltrates.
Author: Cotta, Ana Cristina
Cintra, Maria Letícia
de Souza, Elemir Macedo
Magna, Luis Alberto
Vassallo, José
Abstract: Non-specific lymphocytic infiltrates of the skin pose difficulties in daily practice in pathology. There is still a lack of pathognomonic signs for the differential diagnosis between benign and malignant lymphocytic infiltrates. To evaluate the morphological and immunohistochemical profile of lymphocytic infiltrations of the skin according to clinical outcome. Retrospective; histopathological and immunohistochemical analysis. Referral center, university hospital. 28 cases of lymphocytic infiltrates of difficult differential diagnosis selected from the records. Eighteen histological variables and the immunophenotypic profile were assessed using the CD4, CD8, CD3, CD20 and CD30 lymphoid markers and compared to subsequent follow-up. The most common diagnoses were: initial mycosis fungoides (eight cases) and drug reactions (five cases). Single morphological variables did not discriminate between benign and malignant infiltrates except for the presence of Pautrier-Darier's microabscesses, which were found only in mycosis fungoides (p = 0.015). Patterns of superficial and deep infiltration (p = 0.037) and also the presence of eosinophils (p = 0.0207) were more frequently found in benign lymphocytic infiltrates. Immunohistochemical profile of T-cell subsets showed overlap between benign and malignant infiltrates with a predominance of CD4-positive (helper) lymphocytes in the majority of cases. A combination of clinical and histological features remains the most reliable approach for establishing a definite diagnosis in cases of lymphoid skin infiltrates.
Subject: Antigens, Cd
Cd4-cd8 Ratio
Chi-square Distribution
Diagnosis, Differential
Follow-up Studies
Mycosis Fungoides
Retrospective Studies
Skin Neoplasms
Statistics, Nonparametric
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: /S1516-31802004000400006
Date Issue: 2004
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