Differential survival of systemic B-cell lymphomas initially diagnosed in the skin: a population-based study of 883 patients

Nikhil Goyal, Nathan Rubin, Amrita Goyal

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Although the majority of lymphomas are diagnosed in lymph nodes, bone marrow, or other viscera, initial diagnosis of systemic lymphomas in the skin is a rare but important occurrence in dermatology. This study seeks to quantify the incidence of initial skin presentation in patients with systemic B-cell lymphomas (BCL) via examination of data in the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER)-18 database; cases of primary cutaneous B-cell lymphoma were excluded. We found that an initial diagnosis of lymphoma in the skin is a very rare occurrence for systemic B-cell lymphomas, comprising < 0.3% of cases overall. Follicular lymphoma was the most likely to be diagnosed in the skin (1.47%), followed by marginal zone lymphoma (MZL, 0.5%), mantle cell lymphoma (0.4%), diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL, 0.23%), Burkitt lymphoma (0.23%), Hodgkin lymphoma (0.04%), and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (0.006%). While indolent systemic lymphomas (MZL and FL) presenting initially in the skin have a better prognosis than those presenting at other sites, the more aggressive systemic DLBCL presenting in the skin does not demonstrate improved prognosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-263
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Dermatological Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2023

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Funding Information:
Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health Award Number UL1-TR002494. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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© 2021, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature.


  • Cutaneous B-cell lymphoma
  • Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma
  • Follicle center lymphoma
  • Marginal zone lymphoma
  • Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results

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  • Journal Article


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