Follicular lymphoma (FL) is a heterogeneous disease, and there are many different subgroups, such as in terms of age of onset, involved organ (especially extranodal sites such as gastrointestinal tract) and genetic abnormality. Grade 3B is currently regarded as a distinct entity by molecular genetic analyses, but the independence of Grade 3A remains unclear. Variations of clinical course are known in FL. Some cases are very indolent, but others are not. The latter cases show histological transformation to diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) (high-grade transformation) and an aggressive course. Histological transformation to DLBCL is reported to occur in about 30-40% of patients, at a rate of about 3% each year. However, it reaches a plateau at about 16 years, so the stratification of patients in whom transformation would or would not occur is very important for the therapeutic strategy. From genome-wide analysis by next-generation sequencing, EZH2, CREBBP and MLL2, which are histone-modifying genes, have been shown to be frequently mutated in FL and to have an important role in lymphomagenesis. IGH-BCL2 translocation and CREBBP mutations are early events, whereas MLL2 and TNFSFR14 mutations represent late events during disease evolution. In the 2008 WHO classification, three new variants: (1) pediatric follicular lymphoma, (2) primary intestinal follicular lymphoma and (3) in situ follicular lymphoma, are included. Pathologists and clinicians should consider these new developments when deciding on the diagnostic and therapeutic strategy.
|Journal of clinical and experimental hematopathology : JCEH
|Published - 2014
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