Chronic lymphocytic leukemia and the skin: implications for the dermatologist.

B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is the most prevalent leukemia in the United States, and its diagnosis can have many dermatologic implications. For one, the cutaneous manifestations of CLL include several entities, most notably leukemia cutis, eosinophilic dermatosis of hematologic malignancy, and a heightened risk of skin infections. Additionally, CLL patients are at an increased risk of secondary malignancies, most commonly of the skin. Furthermore, a number of commonly utilized treatments for CLL have cutaneous implications which should be considered in the interdisciplinary management of CLL patients. In this review, we will provide an update on the diverse cutaneous manifestations of CLL and CLL-directed therapies in order to help guide dermatologic management of this increasingly prevalent patient population.


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Authors: Lauren J Fried, Maressa C Criscito, Mary L Stevenson, Miriam K Pomeranz