Mycosis fungoides history and symptoms

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Sogand Goudarzi, MD [2]


The most common symptoms of mycosis fungoides include fever, weight loss, skin rash, night sweats, itching, chest pain, abdominal pain, and bone pain.[1]

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Diagnosis criteria from the International Society for Cutaneous Lymphoma is:[2][4]

Criteria Major( 2pinots) Minor(1point)
Persistent and/or progressive patches and plaques plus Any 2 Any 1
1. Non–sun-exposed location
2.Size/shape variation
Superficial lymphoid infiltrate plus Both Either
1. Epidermotropism
2. Atypia
Clonal TCR gene rearrangement Present
1. CD2, CD3, CD5 in <59% of T cells Any 1
2. CD7 in <10% of T cells
3. Epidermal discordance from expression of CD2, CD3, CD5, and CD7 on dermal T cells

Common Symptoms

Symptoms of cutaneous T cell lymphoma include:[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Cutaneous T cell lymphoma. Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results . Accessed on January 19, 2016
  2. 2.0 2.1 Foss, Francine M.; Girardi, Michael (2017). "Mycosis Fungoides and Sezary Syndrome". Hematology/Oncology Clinics of North America. 31 (2): 297–315. doi:10.1016/j.hoc.2016.11.008. ISSN 0889-8588.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Vonderheid, Eric C.; Bernengo, Maria Grazia; Burg, Günter; Duvic, Madeleine; Heald, Peter; Laroche, Liliane; Olsen, Elise; Pittelkow, Mark; Russell-Jones, Robin; Takigawa, Masahiro; Willemze, Rein (2002). "Update on erythrodermic cutaneous T-cell lymphoma: Report of the international society for cutaneous lymphomas". Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 46 (1): 95–106. doi:10.1067/mjd.2002.118538. ISSN 0190-9622.
  4. Pimpinelli, Nicola; Olsen, Elise A.; Santucci, Marco; Vonderheid, Eric; Haeffner, Andreas C.; Stevens, Seth; Burg, Guenter; Cerroni, Lorenzo; Dreno, Brigitte; Glusac, Earl; Guitart, Joan; Heald, Peter W.; Kempf, Werner; Knobler, Robert; Lessin, Stuart; Sander, Christian; Smoller, Bruce S.; Telang, Gladys; Whittaker, Sean; Iwatsuki, Keiji; Obitz, Erik; Takigawa, Masahiro; Turner, Maria L.; Wood, Gary S. (2005). "Defining early mycosis fungoides". Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 53 (6): 1053–1063. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2005.08.057. ISSN 0190-9622.

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