Follicular dendritic cell tumour in a 9-year-old child

Authors

  • E.J. Bradshaw MBBS,

    1. University of Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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  • K.M. Wood MA, BM, BCh, DPhil, MRCPath,

    1. Department of Pathology, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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  • P. Hodgkinson PhD, MBChB, FRCS,

    1. Department of Plastic Surgery, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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  • H. Lucraft FRCR, FRCP,

    1. Department of Clinical Oncology, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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  • K.P. Windebank DM, BM, BCh, FRCP, FRCP&CH

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Child Health, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle Institution work performed at: Royal Victoria Infirmary, Queen Victoria Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
    • Senior Lecturer in Child Health and Consultant Paediatric Oncologist, Sir James Spence Institute, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4LP.
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Abstract

Follicular dendritic cell tumour (FDCT) or sarcoma is a rare tumour first described in 1986. Some 80 cases have been reported, the youngest being in teenagers. Our patient first presented at 9 years of age with a cervical mass that was removed and revealed an apparently benign, but florid reactive process. At age 14 the lump recurred and biopsy was diagnostic of FDCT. Radical block dissection showed disease to level III and 6 weeks of radiotherapy was followed by 6 months adjuvant chemotherapy. Three years after completing his final treatment he shows no signs of recurrent disease. © 2005 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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