Korean J Dermatol.  2007 Jul;45(7):692-696.

A Case of Nasal CD56+ NK/T Cell Lymphoma Mimicking Cellulitis which Developed after Persistent Orbital Swelling

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  • 1Department of Dermatology and Institute of Hair and Cosmetic Medicine, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, Korea. leewonsoo@yonsei.ac.kr

Abstract

Recently another distinct subtype of lymphoma has been discovered, the natural killer (NK)T cell lymphoma, which can involve the skin in a primary or secondary fashion. NK/T cell lymphoma is characterized by the biphenotype expression of the T-cell marker and NK cell marker, especially CD56. These CD56+ lymphomas are further subdivided into nasal NK/T-cell lymphomas and non-nasal NK/T-cell lymphomas. We report a case of primary nasal NK/T cell lymphoma, which showed as an atypical cellulites-like lesion on the face. The patient had suffered with recurrent orbital swelling for several years before diagnosis.

Keyword

Cellulitis; NK/T cell lymphoma; Orbital swelling

MeSH Terms

Cellulitis*
Diagnosis
Humans
Killer Cells, Natural
Lymphoma*
Orbit*
Skin
T-Lymphocytes
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