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Other Names for this Disease
- Burkitt's lymphoma
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Burkitt lymphoma (BL) is a rare, aggressive form of B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a type of cancer that affects the organs of the immune system. It is more common in males than females. Three forms exist: one endemic to Africa that is linked to the Epstein Barr virus (EBV); a sporadic form that develops mainly in the abdomen; and an immunodeficiency-associated form that occurs most commonly in individuals with HIV infection. BL can also develop in the ear, nose, throat and more rarely in other locations. Signs and symptoms may differ depending on the form of BL and the organs or body systems affected. The exact cause of the condition is not known. Treatment typically includes a few months of intensive chemotherapy; the current cure rate is estimated to be about 80-90%.
- Catherine Patte. Burkitt lymphoma. Orphanet. http://www.orpha.net/consor/cgi-bin/OC_Exp.php?Expert=543&lng=EN. Accessed 6/26/2012.
- Ali H Kanbar. Burkitt Lymphoma and Burkitt-like Lymphoma. Medscape Reference. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1447602-overview. Accessed June 26, 2012.
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