Anaplastic large-cell lymphoma is a rare disease in children, and endobronchial localization is extremely rare in any age group. We report the case of a 13-year-old girl with endobronchial anaplastic lymphoma kinase–positive anaplastic large-cell lymphoma presenting as asthma, and discuss the diagnostic, therapeutic, and clinical implications.
*Department of Paediatric
†Neonatology Unit, Gynecology and Obstetric Clinic
§Clinical Department for Pathology
∥Clinical Department of Infectious Diseases
#Clinical Department for Microbiology and Parasitology, Split University Hospital Center, Medical School University of Split, Split, Croatia
‡Institute of Human Genetics, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel & University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Kiel, Kiel, Germany
R.S. has been supported for research on pediatric ALK+ALCL by the Jose-Carreras-Foundation and receives infrastructural support by the KinderKrebsInitiative Buchholz/Holm-Seppensen.
The authors declare no conflict of interest.
Reprints: Ivana Goic-Barisic, MD, PhD, Clinical Department for Microbiology and Parasitology, Split University Hospital Center, University Hospital of Split, Spinciceva 1, Split 21000, Croatia (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Received September 28, 2011
Accepted August 22, 2012