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Mycosis Fungoides Manifesting as Giant Cell Lichenoid Dermatitis

Belousova, Irena E. MD, PhD*; Khairutdinov, Vladislav R. MD, PhD*; Bessalova, Anna MD, PhD; Kazakov, Dmitry V. MD, PhD

The American Journal of Dermatopathology: April 2018 - Volume 40 - Issue 4 - p 283–285
doi: 10.1097/DAD.0000000000001032
Extraordinary Case Report

Abstract: Mycosis fungoides (MF) is the most common form of primary cutaneous lymphoma with a broad clinicopathological spectrum. Unusual histopathologic patterns of MF include lichenoid, interstitial, folliculotropic, spongiotic, granulomatous, and many others. Several cases of unusual lichenoid reaction characterized by a mixed lichenoid inflammatory infiltrate with prominent infiltration of the papillary dermis and epidermis by multinucleated giant cells were described under the name of “giant cell lichenoid dermatitis,” most of them were considered to represent a drug eruption. Herein, we describe a 77-year-old woman with a 5-year history of MF displaying microscopic features of giant cell lichenoid dermatitis. Histology revealed a dense band-like lichenoid epidermotropic infiltrate composed of CD4+ small to medium-sized lymphocytes with cerebriform nuclei with the presence of multinucleated giant cells in the papillary dermis, within the epidermis, and some hair follicles. Monoclonal TCR gene rearrangement was detected using PCR. To the best of our knowledge, this pattern was never described in MF.

*Department of Dermatology, Medical Military Academy, Saint Petersburg, Russia;

Department of Pathology, North-Western State Medical University, Saint Petersburg, Russia; and

Sikl's Department of Pathology, Medical Faculty in Pilsen, Charles University in Prague, Pilsen, Czech Republic.

Correspondence: Dmitry V. Kazakov, MD, PhD, Sikl's Department of Pathology, Charles University Medical Faculty Hospital, Alej Svobody 80, 304 60 Pilsen, Czech Republic (e-mail:

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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