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International Journal of Hematology

, Volume 79, Issue 5, pp 480–483 | Cite as

NK/T-Cell Lymphoma Associated with Epstein-Barr Virus in a Patient Infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus: An Autopsy Case

  • Sang Cheul Oh
  • Chul Won Choi
  • Byung Soo Kim
  • Sang Won Shin
  • Yeul Hong Kim
  • Jin Soo Lee
  • Min Ja Kim
  • Woon Yong Jung
  • Han Kyeom Kim
  • Bum-Woo Yeom
  • In-Sun Kim
  • Jun Suk Kim
Article

Abstract

Natural killer (NK)/T-cell lymphoma associated with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) in a patient infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is very rare. The authors encountered a case of NK/T-cell lymphoma in a 36-year-old man who presented with an ulcerative mass on both tonsils. During assessment, HIV positivity was noted. The EBV was detected by EBV-encoded RNA 1 messenger RNA in situ hybridization and polymerase chain reaction for EBV-encoded nuclear antigen 1. On immunohistochemical staining, the infiltrated lymphoid cells of the tonsils demonstrated positvity for CD3, CD56, UCHL1, and granzyme, a finding compatible with NK/T-cell lymphoma. The patient received radiation therapy and chemotherapy, but died as a result of opportunistic infection of invasive aspergillosis after tumor recurrence. An autopsy was done with the consent of the patient’s family. To our knowledge, this is the first case in an HIV patient of NK/T-cell lymphoma of the tonsils associated with EBV, confirmed by autopsy. NK/T-cell lymphoma should be considered in the HIV-positive patients with an ulcerating tonsillar mass. doi: 10.1532/IJH97.A10316

Key words

NK/T-cell lymphoma Epstein-Barr virus Human immunodeficiency virus 

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© The Japanese Society of Hematology 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sang Cheul Oh
    • 1
  • Chul Won Choi
    • 1
  • Byung Soo Kim
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sang Won Shin
    • 1
  • Yeul Hong Kim
    • 1
  • Jin Soo Lee
    • 3
  • Min Ja Kim
    • 3
  • Woon Yong Jung
    • 4
  • Han Kyeom Kim
    • 4
  • Bum-Woo Yeom
    • 4
  • In-Sun Kim
    • 4
  • Jun Suk Kim
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Hemato-OncologySchool of Medicine, Korea UniversitySeoulKorea
  2. 2.Department of Internal MedicineKorea University Anam HospitalSeoulKorea
  3. 3.Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal MedicineSchool of Medicine, Korea UniversitySeoulKorea
  4. 4.Department of PathologySchool of Medicine, Korea UniversitySeoulKorea

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