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A case series of unusual presentations of Burkitt's lymphoma

1 Department of Radio-Diagnosis, Military Hospital (CTC), Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Pathology, Army Hospital R&R, New Delhi, India
3 Department of Anaesthesia, Pacific Medical College, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
4 Department of Pathology, Command Hospital (SC), Pune, Maharashtra, India
5 Department of Radiation Oncology, Army Hospital R&R, New Delhi, India
6 Department of Radio-Diagnosis, Army Hospital R&R, New Delhi, India

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Department of Pathology, Army Hospital R&R, New Delhi - 110 010
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jcrt.JCRT_370_16

Context: Burkitt's lymphoma (BL) is one of the fastest growing malignancies. It is the most common subtype of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in childhood. It has three major subtypes – endemic, sporadic, and immunodeficiency-associated types. Aims: This study aims to study the clinicomorphologic features of this disease entity and to find optimal imaging technique for such cases. Setting and Design: A retrospective observational study in a tertiary care center of academic and research potential. Subjects and Methods: We are presenting three unusual cases of sporadic type of BL who presented initially as localized right iliac fossa mass mimicking as acute appendicitis. Initially, localized presentation progressed to diffuse abdominal mass lesions causing intestinal obstruction. Results: These cases had emphasized the importance of accurate diagnosis by the ultrasonography (USG) or computed tomography (CT) scan for early diagnosis so as to manage such cases simply by early appropriate medical treatment. Conclusion: In this article, we will discuss the clinical and imaging features of BL with the role of USG, CT scan and positron emission tomography/CT in the abdominopelvic imaging of pediatric patients.

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