Intravascular large T-cell or NK-cell lymphomas rarely present with cutaneous involvement. Intravascular cytotoxic T or NK lymphomas presenting in the skin (cIT/NKL) are often EBV, and reported cases follow a highly aggressive clinical course. Intravascular anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) by contrast is extraordinarily rare and, when it presents in the skin, raises the question of aggressive clinical behavior in the manner of cIT/NKL versus indolent clinical behavior in the manner of primary cutaneous ALCL. Here we describe a case of localized cutaneous intravascular anaplastic lymphoma kinase-negative ALCL (cIALCL) with a very indolent clinical course. The patient experienced a single cutaneous relapse and remains alive without disease 4 years after diagnosis. Review of the literature reveals multiple clinicopathologic differences between cIALCL and cIT/NKL: distribution (cIALCL, single skin region, P=0.021, Fisher exact test); histology (cIALCL, cohesive with necrosis, P=0.005); immunophenotype (cIALCL, strongly CD30, P=0.021; cIT/NKL, CD56 and/or EBV, P=0.003); and indolent clinical behavior with a trend toward better overall survival (P=0.067, Kaplan-Meier survival analysis). Our index case of cIALCL and 1 other tested case were immunohistochemically confirmed to be intralymphatic (contained within D2-40+vessels) as compared with the blood vessel localization of cIT/NKL. Recognition of cIALCLs as a distinct clinicopathologic entity, and in particular their distinction from aggressive, usually EBV cIT/NKLs, may be possible on the basis of a combination of clinicopathologic criteria, allowing for localized therapy in a subset of patients.
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