Case Study

Primary pulmonary lymphoepithelioma-like carcinoma in a 12-year-old African child

Jacqueline Goedhals, David Stones
South African Journal of Oncology | Vol 2 | a47 | DOI: | © 2018 Jacqueline Goedhals, David Stones | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 June 2018 | Published: 30 July 2018

About the author(s)

Jacqueline Goedhals, Department of Anatomical Pathology, University of the Free State, South Africa; National Health Laboratory Service, Bloemfontein, South Africa
David Stones, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of the Free State, South Africa


Pulmonary lymphoepithelioma-like carcinoma is a rare malignant tumour predominantly occurring in Asian patients. It has identical histological features to nasopharyngeal carcinoma. To date, Epstein–Barr virus (EBV) in pulmonary lymphoepithelioma-like carcinoma has been limited to the Asian population. This manuscript presents an unusual case in a 12-year-old African boy in which the tumour tested positive for EBV.


lymphoepithelioma-like carcinoma; lung; pulmonary; childhood; African; EBER; Epstein-Barr virus


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