What are the NCCN guidelines on the diagnosis of mantle cell lymphoma (MCL)?

Updated: Mar 15, 2019
  • Author: Muhammad Rashid Abbasi, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is diagnosed in accordance with the World Health Organization criteria for hematological neoplasms and detection of Cyclin D1 expression or the t(11;14) translocation along with mature B-cell proliferation. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recommends the following studies to establish a diagnosis of MCL [8] :

  • Immunohistochemistry panel: CD20, CD3, CD5, CD10, BCL2, BCL6, cyclin D1, CD21, CD23, Ki-67

  • Cell surface marker analysis by flow cytometry: kappa/lambda, CD19, CD20, CD5, CD23, CD10

  • Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) or cytogenetics for detection of t(11;14), t(14;18).

  • Immunohistochemistry for SOX 11, which is expressed in approximately 90% of MCLs but is negative in all other B-cell lymphoid neoplasms except Burkitt lymphomas and lymphoblastic lymphomas

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