Short Communication - Immunology Case Reports (2021) Volume 2, Issue 2
Basic principles and emerging concepts in Epstein-Barr virus-positive marginal zone lymphoma
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is well known to be associated with various types of B cell, T cell, and NK cell lymphomas. The roles of EBV in lymphomagenesis are now better elucidated through decades of research. Marginal zone lymphomas (MZL) are a heterogeneous group of small B-cell lymphomas and traditionally EBV negative. However, recent studies have identified EBVpositive extranodal MZLs particularly in transplant recipients and at least partially responsive to reduced immunosuppression, suggesting that these should be regarded as a form of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders (PTLD). We expanded the spectrum of EBV+ MZLs by identifying the first case of nodal MZL, and more cases of extranodal MZL but in non-transplant settings that included iatrogenic immunosuppression, congenital immune deficiency, and increased age as the only potential cause of immune dysfunction. These cases were either EBV latency I or II, with a typical plasmacytoid and/or monocytoid B cells positive for EBV in all cases. Unlike published series that were predominantly IgA-positive, our cases were either positive for IgG or IgM. Cases arising from cutaneous sites and salivary glands demonstrated differing characteristic features in morphology. Our data show that EBV+ MZLs can arise in a variety of clinical settings and are most often extranodal. Most patients had a clinically indolent disease with response to reduction of immune suppression, or immunochemotherapy. As these lymphomas warrant different management strategies compared to EBV-negative cases, a high suspicion must be kept, and relevant workup should be performed for nodal and extranodal MZLs in post-transplant and non-transplant but immunocompromised patients.
Author(s): Shunyou Gong