Diagnostic challenge of Burkitt’s lymphoma at early age

Nor Fauziah Handar, Faizah Mohd Zaki, C-Khai Loh

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Abstract

A four-year-old Ibanese boy presented with subacute abdominal distension for two months duration. Ultrasound and computed tomography (CT) scan showed solid liver masses as well as bowel and intraperitoneal lesions. Initial diagnosis of intraperitoneal inflammatory process as in tuberculosis with non-liquefied liver abscess with differential diagnosis of neoplastic process was made. Liver biopsy and peritoneal fluid analysis revealed Burkitt’s lymphoma (BL). We aim to highlight the diagnostic challenge of BL in this young age group emphasizing on the ultrasound and CT features of intraabdominal BL. We would also want to stress the importance of early diagnosis of BL as it is known to be the most aggressive tumour within 24 hours yet to have good survival if early diagnosis was made.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)324-326
Number of pages3
JournalMedical Journal of Malaysia
Volume72
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Burkitt Lymphoma
Early Diagnosis
Tomography
Neoplastic Processes
Liver Abscess
Ascitic Fluid
Liver
Tuberculosis
Differential Diagnosis
Age Groups
Biopsy
Survival
Neoplasms

Keywords

  • Burkitt’s lymphoma
  • Intraabdominal lesion
  • Paediatric

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  • Medicine(all)

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Diagnostic challenge of Burkitt’s lymphoma at early age. / Handar, Nor Fauziah; Mohd Zaki, Faizah; Loh, C-Khai.

In: Medical Journal of Malaysia, Vol. 72, No. 5, 01.10.2017, p. 324-326.

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