Lymph nodes - not lymphoma
Neoplasms (not lymphoma)

Topic Completed: 1 March 2016

Minor changes: 17 April 2020

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PubMed Search: Mastocytosis[TI] lymph nodes

Sheren Younes, M.D.
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Cite this page: Younes S. Mastocytosis. website. Accessed May 28th, 2020.
Definition / general
  • Systemic disease that often involves lymph nodes but only rarely presents with lymphadenopathy (Cesk Patol 2006;42:34)
  • Most common category of mastocytosis that involves lymph nodes is indolent systemic mastocytosis
  • See chapters on bone and spleen for more extensive discussion
Case reports
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Variable effacement of nodal architecture by monotonous round / polygonal cells with distinct cell membranes, clear / granular cytoplasm, round / oval nuclei, eosinophils
  • Associated with sclerosis
  • Cells often have perifollicular, perivascular or interfollicular distribution
  • May have prominent vascular proliferation
  • Starts at paracortex and medullary cords, follicles are usually intact
  • Infiltration by mast cells with accompanying eosinophiils and variable fibrosis
  • Cells have abundant cytoplasm, which is granular / clear
  • Nuclei are round / indented
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Systemic mastocytosis

Involving bone marrow

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Fig 1: bone marrow
Fig 2: spleen
Fig 3: lymph node
(sinusoidal involvement)

Cytology images

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Cytologic spectrum

Positive stains
Differential diagnosis
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