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Can cutaneous T-cell lymphomas be confused with other diseases?

In its early stage, cutaneous T-cell lymphomas (CTCL) can be easily confused with other skin diseases, such as psoriasis, eczema, or "non-specific" dermatitis. This is why it is important for you to have a skin biopsy if there is any question at all about the diagnosis of your skin disease. The confusion with other disorders may lead to delayed diagnosis of CTCL. The median time from onset of the disease to diagnosis is approximately six years, which suggests that early stage CTCL is often mistaken for something else.

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