Synchronous follicular non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and hairy cell leukaemia: a case report

  • Laura McDonaldEmail author
  • K. Fadalla
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Follicular lymphoma (FL) is a common form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), accounting for approximately 22% of cases [1]. FL usually follows an indolent course but can transform to high-grade disease (commonly diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL)). Patients with FL have an increased risk of the later development of second malignancies [2]. Hairy cell leukaemia (HCL) is an uncommon malignancy, derived from lymphoid cells with a distinctive morphology and immunophenotype. Patients with HCL have also been reported to have a higher incidence of other malignancies [3]. These are usually non-haematopoietic, but patients with HCL have also, rarely, developed other lymphoid malignancies, primarily chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) [4, 5]. We describe a patient who simultaneously presented with follicular lymphoma and HCL. To our knowledge, only one similar case has been reported in the literature, and, interestingly, this patient also had an incidentally found renal cell...


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This article does not contain any studies with animals or human participants. The patient in question gave her informed consent for the use of anonymous details in this case report.

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The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HaematologySt. Vincent’s University HospitalDublinIreland

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