Cutaneous lymphocytic vasculitis as the presenting feature of acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Tang Her Jaing, Chuen Hsueh, Cheng Hsun Chiu, I. Hsin Shih, Chin Kan Chan, Iou Jih Hung*

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The authors describe a patient with precursor B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia who presented with a 3-week history of indurated or ulcerative, purpuric lesions distributed mainly on her legs. A skin biopsy demonstrated a T-cell-mediated lymphocytic vasculitis. After the patient started chemotherapy, the skin lesions abated but she became febrile and a blood culture revealed cryptococci. The cryptococcal infection was successfully treated first with amphotericin B and later with fluconazole. The relationship between lymphocytic vasculitis and acute lymphoblastic leukemia may be an example of paraneoplastic association because both conditions seem to have appeared at about the same time, and both followed a parallel course. Lymphocytic vasculitis may also reflect a new manifestation of host-leukemia interaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)555-557
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Issue number7
StatePublished - 10 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia
  • Lymphocytic vasculitis
  • Paraneoplastic syndrome


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