Follicular lymphoma with prominent Dutcher body formation: a pathologic study of 3 cases in comparison with nodal or splenic lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma and marginal zone lymphoma.

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Dutcher bodies have been described in lymphoid neoplasms with plasmacytic differentiation, including plasma cell myeloma, lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma, and marginal zone lymphoma. We report a pathologic study of 3 cases of follicular lymphoma with extensive Dutcher body formation in comparison with lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma and marginal zone lymphoma. Of 3 cases, 1 showed a follicular growth pattern, whereas the other 2 cases demonstrated only a vague nodular appearance highlighted by immunohistochemical analysis. Cells containing Dutcher bodies were counted at 25, 90, or 110 per high-power field in each case, respectively. In 2 cases, cells with Dutcher bodies were clustered in an intrafollicular distribution, a possible histopathologic clue for follicular lymphoma. Immunoglobulin M κ was identified as the component of Dutcher bodies in all 3 cases, implying a possible molecular basis for the formation of Dutcher bodies in B-cell lymphomas. All 3 cases had cytogenetic changes supporting the diagnosis of follicular lymphoma, including dual rearrangement of BCL2 and BCL6, rearrangement of BCL2 with trisomy 3 (BCL6), and isolated BCL6 rearrangement. We emphasize immunohistochemical analyses with anti-κ/λ and anti-immunoglobulin heavy-chain isotypes to characterize Dutcher bodies and document clonality in addition to the routine lymphoma workup and indicated cytogenetic studies in B-cell lymphomas with prominent Dutcher bodies.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wang, E; Stoecker, M; Burchette, J; Rehder, C

Published Date

  • November 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 43 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 2001 - 2011

PubMed ID

  • 22607703

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-8392

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.humpath.2012.02.009


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States