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CASE REPORT
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 41  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 183-185

A case of tonsillar anaplastic large cell lymphoma-anaplastic lymphoma kinase negative: An unusual site of involvement with review of literature


1 Department of Medical Oncology, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Pathology, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Umesh Das
No. 5, OPD Block, Department of Medical Oncology, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bengaluru - 560 029, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0974-5009.141218

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We present this unusual case of the clinical importance of a 50-year-old male patient who presented with foreign body sensation in the throat and halitosis of 20 days duration. On examination, there were no palpable lymph nodes and oral cavity revealed an ulcero proliferative growth over the right tonsil. Computed tomography of the paranasal sinuses and neck revealed a heterogeneously enhancing mass involving the right tonsil measuring 3.8 cm × 3 cm. Biopsy of the tonsillar mass was suggestive of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) with neoplastic large cells positive for CD30, epithelial membrane antigen and CD3 and negative for Tdt, CD56, anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) and cytokeratin. A diagnosis of ALK negative ALCL Stage IA was made and the patient was started on chemotherapy with cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone every 3 weeks. He received six cycles of chemotherapy followed by 33 gray involved region radiotherapy and reassessment showed total regression of the tonsillar lesion. The patient is in complete remission and now under follow-up for the last 2 years


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