High-grade B-cell lymphoma with MYC and BCL6 rearrangements presenting as a cervical mass

Philippos Apolinario Costa, Brandon S. Needelman, Youley Tjendra, James E. Hoffman

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Lymphoid malignancies represent 0. 008% of all cervical tumours. While uncommon, lymphoid malignancies of the gynaecological tract require careful diagnosis and classification to ensure appropriate treatment. We present a case of a 54-year-old woman with HIV who presented with urinary and faecal incontinence for 2 weeks, associated with the feeling of a mass in her vagina. A smooth flesh-coloured pelvic mass was seen on physical examination, and a transvaginal biopsy revealed infiltration of atypical lymphoid cells with fluorescence in situ hybridisation positive for MYC and BCL6, and negative for IGH/BCL2. Bone marrow and cerebral spinal fluid analysis also showed involvement by atypical lymphocytes. She was diagnosed with stage IV high-grade B-cells lymphoma (HGBLs) with MYC and BCL6 rearrangements. She was given R-CODOX-M plus IVAC with no evidence of disease at 4-month follow-up. To our knowledge, this is the first literature report of a HGBL with MYC and BCL6 rearrangement presenting as a cervical mass.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere235451
JournalBMJ case reports
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 25 2020


  • cervical cancer
  • gynaecological cancer
  • haematology (incl blood transfusion)
  • malignant disease and immunosuppression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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