American Registry of Pathology Expert Opinions: Immunohistochemical evaluation of classic Hodgkin lymphoma

Dennis P. O'Malley, Ahmet Dogan, Yuri Fedoriw, L. Jeffrey Medeiros, Chi Young Ok, Mohamed E. Salama

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The diagnosis of classic Hodgkin lymphoma requires immunohistochemical confirmation in most cases and one can argue for these studies as standard-of-care in the diagnostic workup. The authors propose a panel of studies for primary identification of CHL to include: CD3, CD20, CD15, CD30 and PAX5. When pattern discordances are identified, additional assessment is recommended. In the case of overexpression of B lineage markers by Hodgkin/Reed-Sternberg cells, or a differential diagnosis that includes large B-cell lymphoma or variants, additional markers recommended are: CD45, OCT2, BOB1, CD79a and MUM1/IRF4. If primary mediastinal large B cell lymphoma is considered in the differential diagnosis, suggested additional markers include: P63, CD23, CD45 and CD79a. When considering a differential diagnosis that includes anaplastic large cell lymphoma we suggest: ALK, CD45, pan T cell antigens (such as CD2, CD5, CD7, and CD43), and cytotoxic markers (granzyme, perforin, and TIA1). If peripheral T cell lymphoma or T cell lymphomas of follicular helper origin are considered in the differential diagnosis, the following panel is recommended: pan T cell antigens, CD4, CD8, one or more follicular dendritic cell markers, and assessment for Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection, preferably EBV encoded RNA (EBER) as assessed by in situ hybridization When the differential diagnosis includes nodular lymphocyte predominant Hodgkin lymphoma, recommended additional studies include OCT2, CD21 and/or CD23, PD1, and assessment for EBV infection. The authors recognize that these panels may not be adequate to completely characterize other lymphomas, but these panels will usually be sufficient to distinguish classic Hodgkin lymphoma from other lymphoma types.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-110
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of Diagnostic Pathology
StatePublished - Apr 2019


  • Anaplastic large cell lymphoma
  • Angioimmunoblastic T cell lymphoma
  • CD15
  • CD30
  • Classic Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Differential diagnosis
  • Diffuse large B cell lymphoma
  • Gray zone lymphoma
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Nodular lymphocyte predominant Hodgkin lymphoma
  • PAX5
  • Peripheral T cell lymphoma
  • Primary mediastinal large B cell lymphoma
  • T cell/histiocyte rich large B cell lymphoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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