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Burkitt’s Lymphoma


Burkitt’s lymphoma is a rare, aggressive form of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (cancer of the lymphoid tissue). It affects the lymphocytes (B-cells), and is seen most often in male children and young adults. The jaw, CNS, bowel, kidneys, ovaries, and other organs may be affected.

The Pathogen:

Epstein-Barr virus


sudden onset of and can include: painless swelling of lymph nodes, fever, sore throat, bone and joint pain, night sweats, fatigue, weight loss, itching skin, recurring infections



biopsy of diseased site (bone marrow, lymph node)


may include chemo/radiation therapy, surgery (tumor removal), stem cell transplant, medications (prednisone, cyclophosphamide, ifosfamide, vincristine, cytarabine, doxorubicin, methotrexate, etoposide)                                                                                 



  1. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001308.htm 
  2. www.cancer.gov 
  3. http://www.childrenshospital.org/az/Site2182/mainpageS2182P0.html
  4.   http://www.webpathology.com/image.asp?n=15&Case=389

 Prepared by K. Moody