Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma Presenting as a Sigmoid Mass

Heather Caulkins, Alyaa Irhayyim, Lijun Yang, Xiuli Liu


Primary classical Hodgkin lymphoma (CHL) in the colon is exceedingly rare and shares many histologic features with other lymphoproliferative disorders in the gastrointestinal tract. Here we report a case of CHL forming a sigmoid mass. An elderly man with a past medical history of mantle cell lymphoma presented with constipation. Imaging revealed an ulcerated, circumferential mass in the sigmoid colon. Endoscopic biopsy of the mass showed ulcerated colonic mucosa with an underlying diffuse mixed inflammatory infiltrate admixed with Hodgkin and Reed-Sternberg cells. Immunohistochemistry was performed to characterize these cells. They were weakly positive for Pax-5, strongly positive for CD30, variably positive for CD15, and negative for CD45, CD20, CD3, and SOX-11. In situ hybridization was positive for Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and negative for cytomegalovirus or herpes simplex virus. This immunophenotype is diagnostic for CHL in the clinical context of a large mass. It is not possible in this case to determine whether this is de novo CHL or progression from a precursor lesion like EBV-positive mucocutaneous ulcer. Since diagnosis, this patient underwent colectomy followed by chemotherapy and has remained in complete remission.

Gastroenterol Res. 2021;14(3):204-208


Hodgkin lymphoma; EBV; Gastrointestinal lymphoma; EBV-positive mucocutaneous ulcer

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