Lymph nodes - not lymphoma
Inflammatory disorders (non-infectious)
Allergic granulomatosis

Author: Jaya Balakrishna, M.D. (see Authors page)
Editor: Abdelsalam Sharabi, M.D.

Revised: 8 January 2016, last major update January 2016

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Definition / General
  • Allergic granulomatosis is a rare disorder of obscure etiology characterized by infiltration of lymph nodes with histiocytic granulomas and eosinophils
  • Due to isolated lymph node involvement by Churg-Strauss syndrome; also lymph node involvement by polyarteritis nodosa, granulomatous vasculitis (previously Wegener's granulomatosis) or lupus erythematous
Essential Features
  • Necrotizing granulomas
  • Eosinophils
  • Immunohistochemistry typical of reactive lymph node
  • Special stains for microorganisms negative
Terminology
  • Non-infectious necrotizing granulomatosis
Pathophysiology
  • Allergic reaction
Clinical Features
  • Lymphadenopathy
  • Asthma and allergic sinusitis
Diagnosis
  • Microscopy
Laboratory
  • Non-specific
  • Elevated IgE
  • Eosinophilia
Radiology Description
  • Lymphadenopathy
Prognostic Factors
  • Good response to steroid therapy
Case Reports
Treatment
  • Steroids
Gross Description
  • Enlarged lymph node
Micro Description
  • Conspicuous necrosis with eosinophilia and vasculitis
  • Vasculitis
  • Vessels may show sclerotic thickening
  • Epithelioid granulomas
  • Florid follicular hyperplasia
Micro Images

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Eosinophilic vasculitis

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Lymph node architecture

Positive Stains
  • Preserved B cell as well as T cell areas typical of a reactive lymph node
Negative Stains
  • Special stains / immunostains for microorganisms