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Mantle cell leukemia as a cause of leukostasis

Authors Smith, Cable C, Chisholm C, Linz W, Koss W, Dobin S, Rappaport E

Published 28 April 2011 Volume 2011:1 Pages 5—8


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Daniel Smith1, Christian Cable2, Cary Chisholm1, Walter Linz1, William Koss1, Sheila Dobin1, Edward Rappaport1
1Department of Pathology, 2Internal Medicine, Scott and White Healthcare/Texas A & M Health Science Center College of Medicine, Temple, TX, USA

Abstract: A 72-year-old man was admitted with hypoxemic respiratory distress. Given a white blood cell count of 600 × 109/L and symptoms of leukostasis, emergency leukapheresis was initiated. The white blood cell count immediately after the first leukapheresis was paradoxically increased to over 700 × 109/L. Peripheral blood smear findings showed morphologically immature mononuclear cells and numerous circulating mitotic figures. Initial flow cytometry results showed a lambda light chain-restricted B lymphoid population positive for CD20, CD19, CD5, and FMC-7, and negative for TdT, CD10, CD23, CD34, CD117, and myeloid markers, suggesting classification as a blastoid variant of mantle cell lymphoma in a leukemic phase. Subsequent testing using DNA fluorescence in situ hybridization was positive for t(11;14), confirming the diagnosis of mantle cell leukemia. Although mantle cell lymphoma occasionally transforms or can even present as leukemia (leukocytes >40 × 109/L), it is rare for it to present with such profound leukocytosis and an overwhelming number of pleomorphic/blastoid forms. Although morphology suggested acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a more specific diagnosis of blastoid variant mantle cell lymphoma was obtained in 12 hours by applying complementary techniques of flow cytometry and rapid cytogenetics.

Keywords: mantle cell lymphoma, chemotherapy, leukapheresis, lymphocytic leukemia

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