Unusual hairy cell projections in hepatosplenic T-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma


A 26-year-old Indian male presented with a history of dyspnea, fatigue, and jaundice of a month’s duration. He had icterus, pallor, hepatosplenomegaly, severe anemia, thrombocytopenia, and leucocytosis (37 × 109/L) with lymphocytosis. A majority (51%) of the lymphoid cells were large and had folded nuclei, indistinct nucleoli, finely granular basophilic cytoplasm, and circumferentially placed hairy projections (panel A). These cells were also seen in the marrow aspirate. They were positive for CD3, CD7, CD2, and T-cell receptor ?d, and negative for the B-cell markers. The cells were intrasinusoidal in location in the trephine biopsies (panel B). Immunohistochemistry was positive for CD3 (panel C) and negative for CD20 (panel D). The characteristic immunophenotype and intrasinusoidal pattern was consistent with the diagnosis of hepatosplenic T-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Cytogenetics and cytotoxic markers could not be obtained.