A 59-year-old man presented with acalculous cholecystitis and hepatomegaly. Routine laboratory tests were remarkable for thrombocytopenia (125 × 109/L), alanine aminotransferase 95 U/L, aspartate aminotransferase 760 U/L, alkaline phosphatase 223 U/L, and lactate dehydrogenase 3755 U/L. A peripheral smear showed morphologically normal red blood cells and large atypical lymphoid cells (panel A and inset). Cholecystectomy, liver biopsy, and bone marrow biopsy were performed. Flow cytometry on bone marrow and peripheral blood demonstrated a population of λ-restricted B cells that were positive for CD19, CD20, and CD22, and coexpressed CD5 and CD10. Histologic sections showed large atypical lymphoid cells within small subserosal vessels of the gallbladder, as well as within hepatic (panel C) and bone marrow sinusoids (panel B). Immunohistochemistry showed strong positivity for CD20, PAX-5, CD5, CD10, and Ki-67. Fluorescent in situ hybridization revealed a distal deletion of BCL6 and 3 to 5 copies of BCL2. Cerebrospinal fluid examination was unremarkable.
Intravascular large B-cell lymphoma (IVLBCL) is a rare subtype of extranodal large B-cell lymphoma characterized by intraluminal growth of lymphoma cells within small vessels. Circulating lymphoma cells in the peripheral blood happens occasionally. Once called the oncologist's “great imitator,” IVLBCL can mimic, because of its intrinsically widespread nature, diseases in almost any organ and diagnosis requires high vigilance.
Am old enough to understand the difference between the Bay of Pigs - and roasting a pig at a epicurian feast. Been thru the hippy, yippie and yuppie years - always remaining who I am.
Very much believe in "Sing your own song - weave your own tapestry"
Am young enough to still know the thrill of new discoveries, the beauty of the evening, to celebrate the joy of another tommorow.
Survived these many decades with a severe medical problems. Sorting out the maze of now having two lymphomas and all their nasty little companions, but I continue.
Besides, being a simple iconoclastic eclectic, have been called many things. An incurable romanticist - with a strong touch of reality. Thinker, intellectual (God, how I hate that term) - been told I am a lion with the heart of the poet.
Know how to wage war and conquer my foes - but would rather be known as one who brings hope and life. To bring hope into anothers life is the ultimate of joys.
Life should be about bringing hope, peace, vision... a sense of purpose beyond yourself.