What is Interdigitating Reticular Cell Tumour?An Interdigitating Reticular Cell Tumour is a rare, rapidly growing cancer of antigen-presenting cells (the body’s immune cells, such as T cells, that fight against infections and harmful foreign bodies). It usually develops in lymph nodes, commonly in the lymph nodes of armpit, neck, and chest, but it can also affect other areas of the body such as the spleen, testis (male reproductive organ), outer lung membrane, and spleen.
Disease Etiology (Cause)There is no definite well-known cause. Interdigitating Reticular cell tumours are extremely rare. The average age at the development of the disease is 56.5 years. It is slightly more common in women compared to men.
Signs and SymptomsThe patient may suffer from the following signs and symptoms. Initial tumour symptoms are
- A rapidly growing mass at the site of tumour enlarged affected lymph nodes with or without swelling and redness
- Weight loss
- Night sweats
- Shortness of breath ( difficulty in breathing)
DiagnosisThe definite diagnostic tests are
- Advanced immunohistochemistry