Nodular lymphoid lesion of the liver with simultaneous focal nodular hyperplasia and hemangioma: discrimination from primary hepatic MALT-type non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
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- Willenbrock, K., Kriener, S., Oeschger, S. et al. Virchows Arch (2006) 448: 223. doi:10.1007/s00428-005-0126-9
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Nodular lymphoid lesion (NLL) of the liver is a rare but unique entity and has also been termed reactive lymphoid hyperplasia of the liver. We describe the histological, immunohistochemical and molecular biologic findings of a case with NLL and two other tumors of the liver. The nodular lymphoid mass found in the liver was composed of heterogeneous small lymphocytes forming reactive follicles. Plasma cells, few immunoblasts, centroblasts, few macrophages, epithelioid cells, and giant cells were seen. The lymphoid infiltrate displaced the adjacent hepatic parenchyma. By immunohistochemistry and molecular studies, the lymphocytes were found to be polyclonal. The diagnosis of NLL was made. In addition to NLL, focal nodular hyperplasia and hemangioma were detected. The discrimination of NLL from primary hepatic malignant non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma of mucosa- associated lymphoid tissue-type may pose diagnostic difficulties and may require the use of immunohistochemical and molecular techniques. The simultaneous occurrence of NLL with focal nodular hyperplasia and hemangioma in the liver has not been described before.