Journal of Hematopathology

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 35–40

NK/T cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma in a HIV-positive patient

  • Nicole C. Panarelli
  • Richard R. Furman
  • Y. Lynn Wang
  • Rebecca Elstrom
  • Jules A. Cohen
  • Amy Chadburn
Case Report

DOI: 10.1007/s12308-010-0057-5

Cite this article as:
Panarelli, N.C., Furman, R.R., Wang, Y.L. et al. J Hematopathol (2010) 3: 35. doi:10.1007/s12308-010-0057-5

Abstract

NK/T lymphomas have rarely been reported in HIV/AIDS patients. Here we report a case of a 37-year-old woman, with AIDS and a recent diagnosis of Kaposi sarcoma in a mesenteric lymph node, who presented with extra-ocular nerve palsies and gastrointestinal bleeding. A small intestine resection specimen revealed an extra-nodal NK/T cell lymphoma, nasal type. The unique presentation of this rare and aggressive lymphoma in the setting of AIDS and Kaposi sarcoma underscores the importance of maintaining a broad differential diagnosis when evaluating a malignant neoplasm from a HIV-positive patient.

Keywords

Natural killer/T cell lymphomaAIDSHIVKaposi sarcoma

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicole C. Panarelli
    • 1
  • Richard R. Furman
    • 2
  • Y. Lynn Wang
    • 1
  • Rebecca Elstrom
    • 2
  • Jules A. Cohen
    • 2
  • Amy Chadburn
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Pathology and Laboratory MedicineWeill Cornell Medical CollegeNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Hematology and Medical OncologyWeill Cornell Medical CollegeNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Department of PathologyNorthwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineChicagoUSA