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Mycosis fungoides


Other Names for this Disease

  • Alibert-Bazin syndrome
  • Granuloma fungoides
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Overview

Mycosis fungoides is a disease in which T-cell lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell) become malignant (cancerous) and affect the skin. This condition is one of the most common types of T-cell lymphoma. Mycosis fungoides is characterized by a scaly, red rash that develops on the skin, particularly on areas that are not usually exposed to the sun. The rash may last for months or years without causing any symptoms. Over time, a thin, reddened, eczema-like rash may develop, followed by thickened, red patches of skin. Finally, tumors form which may develop into ulcers and become infected. Mycosis fungoides is difficult to cure. Treatment is usually palliative, with the intention of relieving symptoms and improving the quality of life.[1]
Last updated: 1/26/2011

References

  1. Mycosis Fungoides and the Sézary Syndrome Treatment (PDQ®) . National Cancer Institute (NCI). 2010; http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/mycosisfungoides/Patient. Accessed 1/26/2011.
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Basic Information

  • DermNet NZ is an online resource about skin diseases developed by the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated. DermNet NZ provides information about this condition.
  • Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Mycosis fungoides. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
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  • Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs.  Access to this database is free of charge.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Alibert-Bazin syndrome
  • Granuloma fungoides
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.