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Keywords:

  • EBV;
  • immunohistochemistry;
  • large cell lymphoma;
  • lymphoproliferative;
  • plasmablastic;
  • transplant

Abstract

Plasmablastic lymphoma (PBL) is a recently described rare variant of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma characterised by its aggressive nature and plasmacytic differentiation. It most frequently arises in the oral cavity of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients. However extra-oral involvement is becoming increasingly recognised, particularly in HIV-negative patients. We report a case of PBL presenting as multiple violaceous nodules and plaques on the leg of a HIV-negative patient, 13-years post-renal transplant. To date, 20 cases of PBL presenting in the skin have been reported. We review and compare the clinico-pathological features of these cases.