alexa Precursor B-Cell Lymphoblastic Primary Cardiac Lymphoma

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Precursor B-Cell Lymphoblastic Primary Cardiac Lymphoma

Primary cardiac lymphoma (PCL) is an extremely rare malignancy and an uncommon presentation of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. We report the first case of Precursor B-cell lymphoblastic PCL. A 44 year old Caucasian woman presented to our institution with one week history of worsening dyspnea, leg swelling and a weight gain of 12 pounds. Urgent echocardiography revealed pericardial effusion with tamponade physiology. Subsequent imaging showed a mass in the right atrio-ventricular groove. Pericardiocentesis was performed and cytopathology showed malignant appearing immature lymphocytes. Immunophenotypic analysis revealed 85% of the cells to be CD19 and CD10 positive. The cells were negative for CD20, surface light chains, CD3 and CD5 consistent with immature B-cells. Terminal deoxynucleotidyl Transferase (TDT) was strongly positive confirming Precursor B-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. Clinical presentation of PCL can be varied and can mimic non-neoplastic primary cardiac problems..read more

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