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Practical Immunohistochemistry in Hematopathology: A Review of Useful Antibodies for Diagnosis

Lu, Ji MD; Chang, Karen L. MD

Advances in Anatomic Pathology: March 2011 - Volume 18 - Issue 2 - p 133–151
doi: 10.1097/PAP.0b013e3182026dbd
Review Articles

This review article offers some useful panels of immunohistochemical stains and discusses their use in determining a hematopathology diagnosis. As a comprehensive review of the vast array of hematolymphoid malignancies is beyond the scope of this study, the suggestions are based on broad morphologic categories such as follicular proliferations, paracortical expansions, diffuse small-cell infiltrates, diffuse large-cell infiltrates, and Hodgkin-like infiltrates. The review article also discusses the most common hematolymphoid malignancies and their immunohistochemical profiles, and how to use immunophenotyping to differentiate them from other entities. Common diagnostic pitfalls and misconceptions about certain antibodies will also be discussed. New antibodies, such as SOX11, will also be explored in the context of specific disease entities for which they may be of use.

Department of Pathology, City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA

Reprints: Karen L. Chang, MD, Department of Pathology, City of Hope National Medical Center, NW2241C, 1500 East Duarte Road, Duarte, CA 91010 (e-mail:

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