CNS tumor
Lymphoma and other hematopoietic lesions
Histiocytic lymphoma / sarcoma



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PubMed Search: Histiocytic lymphoma / sarcoma CNS


Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Definition / general
  • Very rare
  • Often fever, weight loss, hepatosplenomegaly and intestinal obstruction
Case reports
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Large groups or sheets of large cells with abundant eosinophilic cytoplasm, pleomorphic vesicular nuclei, distinct nucleoli
  • Also necrosis, neutrophils (variable abscesses) and chronic inflammatory cells, hemophagocytosis
  • No infiltration of vascular walls
Positive stains
Negative stains
Electron microscopy description
  • Abundant cytoplasm with irregularly folded or multisegmented nuclei, lysosomes
  • No Birbeck granules, no interdigitating cell processes, no cell junctions
Molecular / cytogenetics description
  • No t(2;5)
  • Polyclonal
Differential diagnosis
  • Inflammatory processes
  • Other lymphomas and histiocytic neoplasms (use immunohistochemistry)
Additional references
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