Sezary syndrome: diagnosis and management

We describe a case of a delayed diagnosis of Sezary syndrome in a patient with longstanding generalised pruritus, erythroderma, alopecia and nail dystrophy. We highlight some of the difficulties in diagnosis despite the fact that all patients have a characteristic circulating malignant T-cell lymphocyte in peripheral blood. These cells with cerebriform nuclei should be sought in peripheral blood films and further evaluated using flow cytometry in all patients with an erythrodermatous presentation.