Unusual immunophenotypic variant of large B-cell lymphoma associated with HHV-8 and EBV in an HIV positive patient

Roberto Ruiz-Cordero, Jenna Lewis, Clifford Blieden, German Campuzano-Zuluaga, Jose Hernandez, Izidore Lossos, Offiong Ikpatt, Jennifer Chapman-Fredricks, Francisco Vega

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Human herpesvirus type 8, also known as Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (HHV-8/KSHV) has been associated with several lymphoproliferative disorders including Kaposi's sarcoma, primary effusion lymphoma (PEL), cases of multicentric Castleman's disease (MCD) including plasmablastic lymphoma associated with MCD, and germinotropic lymphoproliferative disorder. These lymphoproliferative disorders, with the exception of the latter, usually arise in HIV-positive or profoundly immunosuppressed patients. Herein, we describe an unusual large B-cell lymphoma in a 43 year-old male infected with HIV who presented with multiple lymphadenopathies. The tumor cells were positive for EBV, HHV-8/KSHV, CD20 (small subset), PAX5, and IgM and negative for CD138, and IgG. This lymphoma is difficult to classify following the 2008 WHO criteria and expands the current spectrum of viral-associated lymphomas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-54
Number of pages6
JournalHuman Pathology: Case Reports
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015



  • Epstein-Barr virus
  • Human herpesvirus type 8
  • Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus
  • Primary effusion lymphoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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