Auer rod-like inclusions in a low-grade B-cell leukemia

Alexandra C. Hristov, Andrew Saladino, Victor E. Nava, Christopher D. Gocke

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Auer rods define neoplastic blasts of myeloid origin. However, azurophilic, needle-shaped, Auer rod-like inclusions have rarely been reported in the neoplastic cells of patients with B-cell malignancies, including chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma. Here, we report a case of low-grade B-cell leukemia most consistent with chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma that displayed numerous intracytoplasmic, needle-shaped, azurophilic rods resembling Auer rods. Furthermore, we review the literature on Auer rod-like structures in B-cell neoplasms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)292-295
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Diagnostic Pathology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2010


  • Auer rod-like inclusions
  • B-cell leukemia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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