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Lymphomatoid Papulosis Type D: A Newly Described Variant Easily Confused With Cutaneous Aggressive CD8-Positive Cytotoxic T-Cell Lymphoma

Cardoso, Jose MD*; Duhra, Parmjit MD; Thway, Yi MD; Calonje, Eduardo MD*

The American Journal of Dermatopathology: October 2012 - Volume 34 - Issue 7 - p 762–765
doi: 10.1097/DAD.0b013e31825ba953
Extraordinary Case Report

Abstract: Lymphomatoid papulosis (LyP) is defined as a chronic recurrent skin disease characterized by waxing and waning papules and nodules with histologic features of a CD30-positive T-cell lymphoma. Three histological subtypes (A, B, and C) were already recognized, and only more recently, a further variant simulating histologically an aggressive epidermotropic CD8-positive T-cell lymphoma was described, which was named LyP type D by the authors. We report the case of a 38-year-old woman presenting with a 1-year history of recurrent self-healing papules and nodules, predominantly affecting her upper and lower limbs but also the face, including the lower lip, with no associated systemic symptoms. A biopsy from 1 lesion revealed an infiltrate of atypical lymphoid cells extending throughout the dermis with massive epidermotropism displaying a pagetoid reticulosis–like pattern and a CD8+CD30+ cytotoxic T-cell phenotype. The clinicopathologic features conformed to the newly described type D variant of LyP. Diagnostic studies did not reveal any systemic involvement, and the patient remains otherwise well with no active treatment. In the present report, we discuss the need for clinicopathologic correlation to establish an accurate diagnosis and its importance for an adequate management of these patients.

*Dermatopathology Department, St. John's Institute of Dermatology, London, United Kingdom

Departments of Dermatology

Histopathology, Milton Keynes Hospital, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.

Reprints: Jose Cardoso, MD, Dermatopathology Department, St. John's Institute of Dermatology, South Wing, Block C, 2nd Floor, St. Thomas' Hospital, Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7EH, United Kingdom (e-mail:

Conflicts of Interest/Sources of Funding: None declared by all authors.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.