Early Diagnosis of Intravascular Large B-Cell Lymphoma by Random Skin Biopsy
  • Kota Sakaguchi
    General Medicine Center, Shimane University Hospital, Shimane, Japan
  • Takashi Watari
    General Medicine Center, Shimane University Hospital, Shimane, Japan; Department of Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA


Intravascular large B-cell lymphoma, random skin biopsy, early diagnosis


Introduction: Delayed diagnosis of intravascular large B-cell lymphoma (IVLBCL) is associated with a poor prognosis, making early diagnosis and treatment essential. However, early diagnosis remains challenging. 

Case description: Here we present the case of a 75-year-old man with fever of unknown origin, in whom random skin biopsy (RSB) allowed early diagnosis of IVLBCL.

Discussion: The usefulness of RSB, which involves incisional skin biopsies of three or more sites that contain subcutaneous fatty tissue, such as the thighs, abdomen and upper arms, has been debated. In cases of suspected IVLBCL, RSB is less invasive than a biopsy of the internal organs. 

Conclusion: We suggest that combining RSB with bone marrow examination may facilitate the diagnosis of IVLBCL.



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    Published: 2022-07-26
    Issue: 2022: Vol 9 No 7 (view)

    How to cite:
    Sakaguchi K, Watari T. Early Diagnosis of Intravascular Large B-Cell Lymphoma by Random Skin Biopsy. EJCRIM 2022;9 doi:10.12890/2022_003497.