Follicular Dendritic Cell Tumor in Liver: A Case Report and Collective Review

Chee-Hwee Lee, Yu-Shan Yen, Yan-Shen Shan, Pin-Wen Lin


Follicular dendritic cells (FDC) are a subset of the immune system and present in the germinal centers of lymphoid follicles in the spleen and lymph nodes. They are functionally as antigen-presenting cells and thus improving the quality of the humoral immune response. Follicular dendritic cell tumor is rare but considered low-grade sarcoma. Including our case, there were totally 17 cases with FDC tumor involved the liver from Medline. In these cases, the mean age was 47 years old, ranged from 19 to 82. It was much more common in females than in males (13:4). The clinical manifestations of these patients included abdominal discomfort, palpable mass, weight loss and malaise. The average size of the tumor was 11 cm. Most of the FDC tumors were associated with Epstein-Barr virus expression, 13/17 (76.5%). Surgical resection remains the mainstay of the treatment.

Gastroenterol Res. 2010;3(3):139-143


Follicular dendritic cells; Hepatic tumor

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