Causes and Diagnoses

Causes and Diagnoses of Cutaneous Lymphoma

The exact cause of cutaneous lymphoma isn’t known, but scientists know that it begins with a mutation of the white blood cells’ infection-fighting lymphocytes. T-cell lymphoma begins in the lymph tissue, which is found all over the body, including the bone marrow, skin, spleen, tonsils and intestines.

Diagnosing cutaneous lymphoma

A diagnosis of cutaneous lymphoma begins with a physical exam and assessment of your medical history. Your physician may order a biopsy (tissue sample) of a skin tumor or lymph node to confirm the diagnosis. A sample may also be taken from the lymph nodes, bone marrow and blood to look for lymphoma cells to help determine the stage of the disease.

Diagnostic Tests

Related Resources

Cutaneous Lymphoma Society*

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