What is Subcutaneous Panniculitis- like T-cell Lymphoma?Subcutaneous panniculitis-like T-cell lymphoma is a rare type of skin cancer that develops as a result of rapid uncontrolled division of T-lymphocytes and is mainly localized in the fatty tissues of the skin and does not affect the lymph nodes of the body.
Disease CausesThere is no well-known cause; however, certain genetic mutations (mistaken changes in genes) are thought to be responsible for the development of the disease.
Disease EpidemiologyIt accounts for less than 1% of cutaneous T-cell lymphomas. T-cell lymphoma is a skin cancer resulting from the uncontrolled division of T-lymphocytes. It is more common in women than in men. The average age of the onset of the disease is up to 30 years.
Signs and SymptomsThe patient may suffer from the following signs and symptoms. These are
- Reddish nodules or lumps under the skin which can be painful at touch
- Constant fever
- Night sweats
- Weight loss
DiagnosisThe following diagnostic tests and procedures can be used to make a diagnosis. These are
- ANA (Anti-nuclear antibody test)
- CT- scan, MRI, PET scan, Ultrasonography (USG), and X-Ray to detect the site and extent of cancer.
- Tumour biopsy