Granulomatous inflammation of the spleen in infectious mononucleosis

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    Radiation-induced malignant schwannoma is often a fatal tumour. Predisposing factors, such as von Reck- linghausens disease5, must be recognized so that radia- tion treatment of malignant disease is optimal to give maximum efficacy with minimal morbidity.

    Acknowledgements We wish to acknowledge Professor D.Crowther and Dr C.K.Heffernan for permission to publish case 1 ; Professor J.McClure for his advice: Dr S.Banik for photographic and other assistance; and Miss M.D.Garner for secre- tarial assistance.

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  • was minimally tender. By the next day the abdomen was more tender and his haemoglobin had dropped from 12 g/I. on admission. to 7 . 5 g/l. Laparotomy showed a n enlarged ruptured spleen and splenectomy was per- formed: he made a n uneventful recovery. Histological examination of the operative specimen having suggested ii diagnosis of infectious mononucleosis. a Paul Bunnell test wiis subsequently found to be positive and atypical lymphocytes were identified in the peripheral blood. The patient later admitted a severe pharyngitis several weeks ear I ier .

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    A 30-year-old male lorry driver presented with acute left sided loin pain. There was no previous history and in particular he denied trauma. On examination he was found to have a n acute abdomen and laparotomy

    Figure 2. 'I'rabeculiir inliltration by atypical lymphoid cells \$:it11 adiaccnt epithelioid granulomas.

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    In each case the spleen showed expansion of the red pulp with prolileration of atypical lymphocytes. together with multiple epithelioid granulomas (Figure 1 ). There was no associated necrosis and the granulomas occurred predominantly at the marginal zones of the white pulp. 'I'here was extensive trabecular and capsular infiltration by atypical lymphoid cells (Figure 2 t . which stained positively for the T-cell marker UCHL- 1. In addition. there ~ri i s local sub-endothelial and medial infiltration of


    Figure 1 . Epithelioid granulomas at the marginal zone of splenic white pulp.

    Figure 3. a Suh-entlothelial inliltralion by atypical lymphoid ~('11s. b Mcdial inliltriition by atypical lymphoid cells.

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    Discussion Splenic granulomas are rare. Neiman4 examined 4 12 splenectomy specimens and found epithelioid granulo- mas in only 24. Thirteen of these were from patients with Hodgkins disease, three had non-Hodgkins lym- phoma, three had chronic uraemia. four had sarcoidosis and one patient suffered from a chronic immunodeti- ciency disorder associated with selective IgA deficiency. Two of the 412 specimens were from patients with infectious mononucleosis and neither of these showed epithelioid granulomas. In 19 74 Kuo & Kosai reviewed 20 cases of splenic granulomas and reported that, in the majority of cases. a specific diagnosis could not be made. None of this group of 2 0 cases had infectious mono- nucleosis.

    The granulomas in our cases were situated predomi- nantly within the peripheral zones of the white pulp, were small and showed a sprinkling of lymphocytes and no associated necrosis. This description is in accord with the type 1 lesion described by Kuo CL Kosai and is the most commonly occurring type of splenic granuloma.

    A thymic origin for the atypical lymphoid cells in infectious mononucleosis was proposed by Sheldon et al. in 1973 and in our cases these cells stained with the T-cell marker UCHL-1. It has been suggested that T-cells are important in the initiation. maintenance and resolu-

    tion of granulomas7 and that cytokines, in particular interleukin-1, play a major role.

    The subintimal infiltration of splenic vessels by atypi- cal lymphoid cells is recognized4. However, this, together with the medial infiltration seen in our cases, is worthy of emphasis, since it is a feature more usually associated with malignant lymphoid proliferations and may give rise to confusion.

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    Symmetrical fibro-osseous dysplasia of rib - evidence for a traumatic aetiology

    D.K.GOULDESBROUGH Department of Pnthology, University o/ Edinburgh, Scotland. UK

    Date of submission 1 3 November 1989 Accepted for publication 28 February 1990

    Keywords: dysplasia, rib, trauma

    Clinically similar lesions in the ribs with atypical histological features are known . Reed suggested these differ from fibrous dysplasia and a traumatic aetiology for these lesions has been s~ggested.~. The term sym- metrical fibro-osseous dysplasia was coined4. In this report two cases of fibro-osseous dysplasia are described. Firm evidence for a post traumatic aetiology is presented, one case developing at a previous fracture site.

    Introduction Fibrous dysplasia in the rib is an expansile lesion. Its histology is well established and varies with the site2. Address for correspondence: Dr D.R.Couldesbrough, Department of Pathology, University of Edinburgh. Teviot Place, Edinburgh EH8 9AG. UK.