Angiolymphoid hyperplasia with eosinophils pathology
Author: A/Prof Patrick Emanuel, Dermatopathologist, Auckland, New Zealand, 2013.
Angiolymphoid hyperplasia with eosinophilia (or eosinophils) is also known as epithelioid or histiocytoid haemangioma. It usually effects young adults and presents as clustered small, translucent nodules on the head and neck.
Histology of angiolymphoid hyperplasia with eosinophils
Sections show an inflamed dermis which shows increased vascularity (figure 1). Higher power examination reveals the endothelial cells lining the vessels are enlarged and epithelioid (figure 2, 3). The infiltrate is composed of lymphocytes which form follicles and numerous eosinophils (figures 2, 3).
Angiolymphoid hyperplasia with eosinophilspathology
Special studies of angiolymphoid hyperplasia with eosinophils
None are generally needed.
Differential diagnosis of angiolymphoid hyperplasia with eosinophils
Kimura disease – Can closely resemble angiolymphoid hyperplasia with eosinophilia. Eosinophilicabscess, eosinophils infiltrating germinal centers and dermalsclerosis are more common in Kimura disease. The vessels of Kimura disease generally lack an epithelioid endothelial lining.
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