Anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) comprises 10-15% of childhood non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHL). Systemic ALCL is highly associated with anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene translocations with over-expression of ALK protein. We studied ALK rearrangements using fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH) and ALK immunohistochemical staining in 43 paediatric systemic ALCLs. FISH (performed on 35 cases) identified a translocation in 29 cases (83%). Immunohistochemistry identified ALK over-expression in 42/43 cases (97%) with the single ALK-negative case demonstrating an ALK rearrangement by FISH, indicating 100% incidence of ALK translocations.
- Anaplastic large cell lymphoma
- Fluorescent in situ hybridisation
- Paediatric non-Hodgkin lymphoma
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