Langerhans’ cell histiocytosis(redirected from Hand-Shüller-Christian disease)
Langerhans’ cell histiocytosisA group of conditions characterised by proliferation of Langerhans cells, which are lymphoreticular cells. Langerhans cell aggregates are nodular, especially in the lungs, and are variably accompanied by eosinophils, foamy cells, neutrophils, and fibrosis.
Good if limited to a single system. Multi-system involvement carries a 10–20% mortality rate due to organ failure; 50–60% have chronic disease; 30–40% have long-term clinical remission.
Langerhans cell histiocytosis types
A lesion virtually exclusive to cigarette smokers, which is a form of smoking-related interstitial lung disease. Smoking cessation may lead to reversal of changes or evolution to pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension.
Eosinophilic granuloma, solitary bone involvement
A lesion affecting younger patients; may affect any bone, most commonly the cranial vault, jaw, humerus, rib and femur (often spares the hands and feet).
Mimics Ewing sarcoma.
LCH Hand-Schüller-Christian disease, multiple bone involvement.
Polyostotic eosinophilic granuloma
A lesion that may affect the skin, accompanied by proptosis, diabetes insipidus, or chronic otitis media or combination thereof, marked by a chronic course with waxing and waning symptoms.
Multifocal multisystem LCH
Letterer-Siwe disease, multiple organ involvement
A lesion that affects bone, lung and skin; while histologically indistinct, it is more aggressive than the other forms.
Poor if < 18 months at time of diagnosis; haemorrhagic skin lesions; hepatomegaly, anemia; thrombocytopenia; bone marrow involvement.