Lung tumor
Lymphoma and lymphoid infiltrates
CLL / SLL

Author: Deepali Jain, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 3 January 2017, last major update September 2012

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PubMed Search: chronic lymphocytic leukemia / small lymphocytic lymphoma
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Definition / General
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia / small lymphocytic lymphoma
  • Usually asymptomatic pulmonary nodules or infiltrates in elderly
  • Involves the lung at autopsy in 30% of cases, may cause significant pulmonary impairment
Gross Description
  • Well defined, encapsulated mass, homogenous gray cut surface
Micro Description
  • Monomorphic low grade lymphocytic infiltrate with pseudofollicles
Differential Diagnosis
  • Reactive lymphoid infiltrate: polymorphic lymphocytes, germinal centers, other inflammatory cells