Composite nodular lymphocyte-predominance Hodgkin disease and γ-heavy-chain disease: A case report and review of the literature

S. D. Hudnall, J. B. Alperin, J. R. Petersen

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The association of Hodgkin disease with monoclonal gammopathy has rarely been reported. We present a case of a 48-year-old woman with a history of autoimmune hemolytic anemia and Graves disease who presented with hepatosplenomegaly and a γ-heavy-chain paraprotein. Histopathology of lymph node and bone marrow revealed nodular lymphocyte-predominance Hodgkin disease, while examination of the spleen revealed plasmacytosis consistent with γ-heavy-chain disease. Following splenectomy, the patient has remained in complete remission for both conditions with no further treatment. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a patient with both γ-heavy-chain disease and nodular lymphocyte-predominance Hodgkin disease. Given recent data indicating the B-cell nature of this form of Hodgkin disease, the authors propose that in this unique case there may be a clonal relationship between these 2 concurrent B-cell lymphoproliferative processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)803-807
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 21 2001


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Medical Laboratory Technology

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