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Volume 16, Number 11—November 2010

Research

Lymphotropism of Merkel Cell Polyomavirus Infection, Nova Scotia, Canada

Sonia Toracchio, Annette Foyle, Vojtech Sroller1, Jon A. Reed, Jun Wu, Claudia A. Kozinetz, and Janet S. ButelComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA (S. Toracchio, V. Sroller, J.A. Reed, C.A. Kozinez, J.S. Butel); Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (A. Foyle); Queen Elizabeth II Health Science Center, Halifax (A. Foyle); and Public Health Agency of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (J. Wu); 1Current affiliation: Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, Prague, Czech Republic

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Table 2

Presence of MCPyV in malignant lymphomas, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1994–2001*

Pathology No. samples tested No. (%) MCPyV positive
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma 152 10 (6.6)
B-cell lymphoma 133 8 (6.0)
Burkitt lymphoma/Burkitt cell leukemia 2 0
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma 24 5 (20.8)
Diffuse follicular center lymphoma 1 0
Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma 52 0
Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma/T-cell/histiocyte-rich type 1 0
Extranodal marginal zone B-cell lymphoma 2 0
Follicular lymphoma 35 2 (5.7)
Lymphoblastic leukemia/lymphoma 1 0
Lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma 4 0
Mantle cell lymphoma 7 0
Posttransplant lymphoproliferative disorder, polymorphic 1 0
Splenic marginal zone lymphoma 1 0
Unclassified 2 1 (50.0)
NK/T-cell lymphoma 18 2 (11.0)
Anaplastic large cell lymphoma 8 1 (12.5)
Angiocentric T cell lymphoma (nasal type) 1 0
Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma 2 1 (50.0)
Extranodal NK/T-cell lymphoma, nasal type 2 0
Lymphoblastic lymphoma 4 0
Peripheral T-cell lymphoma 1 0
Unclassified
1
0
Hodgkin lymphoma 44 3 (6.8)
Classical Hodgkin lymphoma 41 3 (7.3)
Mixed cellularity 10 2 (20.0)
Nodular sclerosis 29 1 (3.4)
Unclassified 2 0
Nodular lymphocyte predominant Hodgkin lymphoma
3
0
All 196 13 (6.6)

*MCPyV, Merkel cell polyomavirus.

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