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Chirurgia 2008 June;21(3):149-51


language: Italian

Primary cutaneous lymphomas: seven years’ experience from 2000 to 2007

Scrimali L. 1, Soma P. F. 1, Virzì D. 1, Verzì D. 1, Scilletta A. 1, Pluchino S. 1, Di Raimondo F. 2, Grasso G. 3, Siragò P. 1

1 U. O. C. di Chirurgia Plastica Azienda Ospedaliera Cannizzaro Università degli Studi di Catania 2 Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche Azienda Ospedaliera Ferrarotto Università degli Studi di Catania 3 U. O. C. di Anatomia Patologica Azienda Ospedaliera Cannizzaro, Catania


Cutaneous lymphomas includecomprises a heterogeneous group of diseases that are characterized by a clonal accumulation of lymphocytes in the skin. They are often primary non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas primitive of the skin originatingderived from T cells, B cells and natural killer cells with a different histology, immunophenotyipe, clinical presentation and prognosis. About 40% of non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas localized in the extranodal compartment, frequently are cutaneous and gastrointestinal lymphomas. The EORTC has recently proposed a new classification for the group of primary cutaneous lymphomas based on a combination of clinical, histological, immunophenotyipical and genetic criteria, aiming that wants to achieve the target of prognosis. We present the clinical experience of the Operative Unit of Plastic Surgery Unit of the Cannizzaro hospital and of the Operative Units of Hematology and Dermatology Units of the Vittorio Emanuele and Ferrarotto hospitals, in Catania. Our experience, during the last seven years, on a lot of patients with an heterogeneous clinical presentation shows that only the histologic examination can give the diagnosis of cutaneous lymphoma while it is difficultimpossible to have a diagnosis only on the basis offollowing the clinical examinationcriteria.

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