Author(s): Koss MN
Lymphoid lesions of the lung produce a complex of problems for the practicing pathologist. Although these lesions are eventually referred to hematopathologists, it is still the general surgical pathologist who first encounters them and confronts the problem of formulating an initial diagnosis. Over the last 20 years there has been a revolution in our knowledge of the classification and natural history of the pulmonary lesions, a plethora of information which warrants a thorough review. The purpose of this discussion is to report the clinical features and courses, pathologic features and, when known, etiologies or pathogenesis of the major "primary" pulmonary lymphoid lesions and present a brief approach to differential diagnosis. I will divide the lesions into malignant and benign, discussing each in turn.