Richter Syndrome With Plasmablastic Lymphoma at Primary Diagnosis: A Case Report With a Review of the Literature

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Abstract

Richter syndrome (RS) is considered as the rare development of an aggressive lymphoid malignancy in a preexisting small lymphocytic lymphoma/chronic lymphocytic leukemia. The most common aggressive lymphoma developing in this setting is diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, but classical Hodgkin lymphoma and other much rarer entities such as prolymphocytic lymphoma and dendritic cell sarcoma are also described, most frequently in the progression of the disease over time. A clonal relation between the 2 neoplastic proliferations can be frequently found, whereas clonally unrelated cases are commonly considered as independent tumors, probably due to a variable combination of multiple causes, responsible independently for the 2 neoplasms. RS with plasmablastic lymphoma is reported very rarely, during the clinical course of the small lymphocytic lymphoma/chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Herein, an unusual case of RS with the coexistence of plasmablastic lymphoma and B-small lymphocytic lymphoma in the same lymph node at the time of first diagnosis is described.

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