Cutaneous B Cell Lymphomas

  • H. Kerl
  • H.-J. Rauch
  • St. Hödl


In recent years the term cutaneous malignant lymphomas has gained acceptance in dermatology for neoplastic, localized or generalized progressive and finally irreversible, autonomous proliferations of lymphoid cells in the skin. Particularly in the German-speaking countries, reference was formerly made to “reticuloses” and “reticulosarcomatoses”. The interpretation of “lymphoreticular” neoplasias of the skin had of necessity to be altered decisively, as modern fundamental research and its practical application in dermatopathology led to new findings with regard to the proliferating cells. The new developments commenced above all with the insight that it is the lymphocytic and not the “reticulohistiocytic” cell system which is the origin of most of these tumors. Modern immunologic, cytochemical and electron microscopic studies have permitted us to define clinical and pathologic entities that were not readily recognizable on the basis of histology alone.


Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Cell Lymphoma Malignant Lymphoma Mycosis Fungoides Cutaneous Lymphoma 
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  • H. Kerl
  • H.-J. Rauch
  • St. Hödl

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