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September 19, 1977

Immunoblastic LymphadenopathyA Report of Two Cases

JAMA. 1977;238(12):1263-1265. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280130045013

Two patients with immunoblastic lymphadenopathy had lymphadenopathy, hepatosplenomegaly, rash, dysproteinemia, constitutional symptoms, and typical morphologic findings of lymph node obliteration by immunoblasts and plasma cells, proliferation of arborizing vessels, and infiltration with amorphous, eosinophilic material. One patient had massive pulmonary infiltrates that responded to steroid therapy early in the course of the disease, but recurred and were found, at autopsy, to represent immunoblastic invasion of the lung. In both cases, a severe peripheral neuropathy developed during the course of the disease. One patient was addicted to dextroamphetamine for 20 years. Response to corticosteroids and cytotoxic therapy was initially rapid and complete, but refractoriness developed as seen in postmortem findings of extensive visceral involvement.

(JAMA 238:1263-1265, 1977)