Abstract

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) is a very rare complication of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). We present the pathologic, clinical, immunologic, and ultrastructural features of the third reported example of NHL following successfully treated ALL. This white girl developed ALL with predominantly L1 cells at 3.5 yr of age. The lymphoblasts were terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase (TdT) positive and were non-B, non-T cells. She achieved a complete remission with standard induction therapy and has remained in continuous complete remission. Four and one- third years after the onset of ALL, she developed multifocal, pleomorphic large cell lymphoma of the small bowel, which resulted in episodes of intussusception and obstruction. These pleomorphic and frequently multinucleated lymphoma cells lacked TdT, common ALL antigen, and all tested markers of B cell, T cell, and histiocyte differentiation. Following three small bowel resections, systemic multiagent chemotherapy, and abdominal irradiation, she is currently free of disease.

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