Epstein-Barr virus in B-cell lymphomas associated with chronic suppurative inflammation Academic Article Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • Lymphoma, B-Cell
  • Lymphoma, Large B-Cell, Diffuse
  • Mutation, Missense
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • Transcription Factors


  • Chronic antigenic stimulation is considered to play an important role in neoplastic lymphoid transformation. This paper describes three cases of non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHLs) associated with long-standing chronic suppuration. Two were primary bone lymphomas associated with long-standing chronic osteomyelitis and one was a primary skin lymphoma associated with chronic venous ulcers with a latent period of 13 years. All were diffuse large B-cell lymphomas, with plasmacytoid differentiation in two cases. Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-encoded RNAs were demonstrated in virtually all tumour cells in all cases by in situ hybridization. Immunohistochemistry revealed EBV-encoded latent membrane protein (LMP)-1 expression in one case and BZLF1 protein expression in all three cases, whilst the EBV-encoded nuclear antigen (EBNA)-2 was not detected. Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) sequences were absent in two cases studied. Our cases show similarities with pyothorax-associated pleural lymphomas reported mainly from Japan and recently from France, which are invariably associated with EBV. These findings suggest a causal effect of EBV in the development of this type of lymphoma complicating long-standing chronic suppuration. Localized immunodepression induced by chronic inflammation or immunosuppressive cytokines may favour the clonal proliferation of EBV-infected B cells.

publication date

  • November 1997



  • Academic Article


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/(SICI)1096-9896(199711)183:3<287::AID-PATH932>3.0.CO;2-Q

PubMed ID

  • 9422983

Additional Document Info

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  • 287

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