Novel variant of EATL evolving from mucosal γδ-T-cells in a patient with type I RCD

R.L.J. van Wanrooij*, D. de Jong, A.W. Langerak, B. Ylstra, H.F. van Essen, D.A.M. Heideman, H.J. Bontkes, C.J.J. Mulder, G. Bouma

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Objectives: Enteropathy associated T-cell lymphoma (EATL) is a rare non-Hodgkin lymphoma that may complicate coeliac disease and typically occurs in patients with refractoriness to the gluten-free diet. The majority of these patients harbour a clonal expansion of intraepithelial lymphocytes (IELs) with an aberrant phenotype in the small intestine which are thus considered as the 'precursor' lymphoma cells. We describe a 51-year-old female patient with refractory coeliac disease (RCD) who developed an EATL with manifestations in the proximal small intestine and in a mesenteric lymph node that did not evolve from regular type 'aberrant' αβ-T-cells but rather from a clonal expansion of γδ-T-cells. Methods: Duodenal biopsies and lymphoma tissue from a patient with refractory coeliac disease whom developed an EATL were extensively studied by immunophenotypical, T-cell receptor immunogenetic and chromosomal analysis. Results: Flow cytometric analysis of duodenal IELs revealed an unusual large clonal expansion of CD30 negative γδ-T-cells in a patient with RCD. When the patient clinically deteriorated 18 months later, a substantial part (30%) of this cell population did express CD30. In addition, identical immunogenetic aberrancies had developed in a prehepatic lymph node. Conclusions: We here report on a case of extraintestinal EATL that originated from a clonal γδ-IEL population rather than from aberrant IEL. This EATL displayed a distinctive pattern of immunophenotypical, T-cell receptor immunogenetic and chromosomal aberrancies as compared to classical EATL, defining this lymphoma as a novel variant of EATL.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere000026
JournalBMJ open gastroenterology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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