Article Text

Download PDFPDF

164 Sjogren’s syndrome and localisedlocalized nodular cutaneous amyloidosis: new insights into the link between the two
  1. N Walsh1,
  2. I.M Lano2,
  3. J.G Hanly3 and
  4. L Cerroni4
  1. 1Dalhousie University, Pathology, Halifax, Canada
  2. 2Nova Scotia Health Authority, Pathology, Halifax, Canada
  3. 3Dalhousie University, Rheumatology, Halifax, Canada
  4. 4Medical University of Graz, Dermatology, Graz, Austria


Background and aims Sjogren’s Syndrome (SS), a known complication of systemic lupus erythematosus, is associated with localised nodular cutaneous amyloidosis, AL type (AL-LNCA). The reason is unclear, but clues from studies of this rare variant of amyloidosis are emerging.

Methods Six patients with AL-LNCA, 4 from Austria and 2 from Canada were identified. Clinical, demographic and histopathological data were recorded and outcome noted over a median period of 72 months (range 40–144).

Results Of 3 men and 3 women (median age 57 years; range 36–72) 1 patient had diabetes mellitus and essential hypertension and another scleroderma. The skin lesions were tan plaques or nodules, 1.5–4.0 cm in size, on the legs (5) and arm (1). Microscopically, bulky deposits of AL amyloid in the dermis/subcutis were associated with light perivascular infiltrates of lymphocytes and monoclonal plasma cells (with kappa (3) or lambda (3) light chain restriction). Two patients developed local cutaneous recurrences of their AL-LNCA 4 and 5 years after presentation. None developed systemic amyloidosis.

Conclusions The clinical phenotype and course of AL-LNCA in our series, like those in the literature, mirror those of primary cutaneous marginal zone lymphoma, lymphoplasmacytic variant. This is now included among the larger group of extranodal B-cell lymphomas of MALT. Patients with SS are at risk for the development of MALT lymphomas. These, in turn, are known to be associated with localised peritumoral amyloidosis in internal organs. We submit that AL-LNCA in SS is a manifestation of a MALT lymphoma in the skin.

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.