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A Rare Presentation of Childhood Burkitt`s Lymphoma with Tense Ascites, Massive Pleural Effusion and Abdominal Mass

Author(s): Sirous Mehri | Ebrahimi Azadeh

Journal: Acta Medica Iranica
ISSN 0044-6025

Volume: 47;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 493;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Burkitt lymphoma | pleural effusion | ascitic fluid

Burkitt's lymphoma is a lymphatic tumor classified as non-Hodgkin lymphoma with small non cleaved cells. The disease has an incidence of two cases per million patients in North America, and usually present with an intra-abdominal tumor, or enlarged cervical lymph nodes. Massive amounts of peritoneal and plural fluid is rarely seen in these patients. A three year-old girl presented with massive pleural effusion, ascites, mesenteric infiltration, and intraperitoneal mass is discussed in this report. Burkitt's lymphoma is a highly aggressive tumor with a very rapid growth and a variety of different presentations. It is potentially curable, if highly intensive multidrug chemotherapy is used with aggressive central nervous system prophylaxis.

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