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Splenic Micronodular T-Cell/Histiocyte-Rich Large B-Cell Lymphoma: The Corticosteroid Pretreatment Hypothesis

Version 1 : Received: 27 June 2021 / Approved: 29 June 2021 / Online: 29 June 2021 (08:35:56 CEST)

How to cite: Samueli, B.; Nalbandyan, K.; benharroch, D.; Levi, I. Splenic Micronodular T-Cell/Histiocyte-Rich Large B-Cell Lymphoma: The Corticosteroid Pretreatment Hypothesis. Preprints 2021, 2021060690 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202106.0690.v1). Samueli, B.; Nalbandyan, K.; benharroch, D.; Levi, I. Splenic Micronodular T-Cell/Histiocyte-Rich Large B-Cell Lymphoma: The Corticosteroid Pretreatment Hypothesis. Preprints 2021, 2021060690 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202106.0690.v1).

Abstract

Splenic micronodular T-cell/histiocyte-rich large B-cell lymphoma is possibly derived from nodal T-cell/histiocyte-rich large B-cell lymphoma; however, a transition between the nodal and splenic micronodular forms has not been described to date. Of note, the only lymph nodes to be involved in association with the splenic micronodular pattern of the disease are the splenic hilar lymph nodes, and that, with partial involvement only. Kan et al, in their series of articles, have raised the possibility that corticosteroids, when prescribed prior to splenectomy, cause histopathological and functional modulations (apoptosis, necrosis, tissue shrinkage), which modify or even obscure the diagnostic morphological features. The indications for glucocorticoid therapy are either related to the suspected lymphoma, or else to other comorbidities, like asthma and autoimmune disorders. We propose that patients with the splenic, rather than nodal subset of the disease are likely to have been prescribed corticosteroids prior to histopathologic examination of the involved tissue, causing disparate morphologies in the spleen. Apoptosis, as induced by corticosteroids, is hypothesized as the major mechanism initiating the histopa-thological and functional changes in the splenic micronodular variant of our patients.

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Keywords

splenic micronodular B-cell lymphoma; corticosteroids; apoptosis; shrinkage

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