Platelet satellitism surrounding polymorphonuclear neutrophils has been observed almost exclusively in EDTA-treated blood at room temperature. The mechanism underlying this phenomenon is not understood fully. We report a case of platelet rosetting around atypical lymphocytes in peripheral blood smears made from EDTA-treated and untreated blood. Flow cytometry of the peripheral blood sample and immunohistochemical stains of the subsequent bone marrow biopsy specimen revealed a monoclonal B-cell population positive for CD5, CD20, and cyclin D1 and negative for CD3 and CD23; cytogenetic findings revealed a complex karyotype that included t(11;14). These findings were consistent with mantle cell lymphoma. To our knowledge, the finding of platelet satellitism involving mantle cell lymphoma cells in peripheral blood has not been reported previously.
- Mantle cell lymphoma
- Platelet satellitism