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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 317-319

Small cell variant of anaplastic large cell lymphoma presenting as arm mass in a child: A rare entity with diagnostic challenge

Department of Pathology. Rajiv ­Gandhi Cancer ­Institute & Research Centre, Sector 5, ­Rohini, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Sunil Pasricha
Department of ­Pathology, Rajiv ­Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre, Sector 5, Rohini, New Delhi-110 085
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0973-1482.113410

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Anaplastic lymphoma kinase positive, anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) is an uncommon T-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma. A rare morphological variant-small cell variant of ALCL may pose diagnostic challenge especially when it presents primarily as a soft tissue mass. We present a rare case of small cell variant of ALCL in a 14-year-old female presented with arm swelling with emphasis on clinical, morphological and immunohistochemical aspects. Pathologists should be aware of this entity when considering a differential diagnosis of malignant round cell tumor as early and correct diagnosis has important clinical implications.

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