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How is Burkitt lymphoma diagnosed?

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If Burkitt lymphoma is suspected, all or part of an enlarged lymph node or other suspicious disease site will be biopsied. In a biopsy, a sample of tissue is examined under a microscope. This will confirm or rule out Burkitt lymphoma. Additional tests may include:

  • Computed tomographic imaging of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis
  • Chest X-ray
  • PET or gallium scan
  • Bone marrow biopsy
  • Exam of spinal fluid
  • Blood tests to measure kidney and liver function
  • Testing for HIV disease

From: Burkitt Lymphoma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Merck Manual for Healthcare Professionals: "Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas." Ferry, J. , 2006. Macmillan.org: "Burkitt lymphoma and Burkitt-like lymphoma." Merck Manual Home Edition: "Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas." Perkins, A. , 2008.




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Reviewed by William Blahd on July 11, 2017

SOURCES: Merck Manual for Healthcare Professionals: "Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas." Ferry, J. , 2006. Macmillan.org: "Burkitt lymphoma and Burkitt-like lymphoma." Merck Manual Home Edition: "Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas." Perkins, A. , 2008.




The OncologistHematology

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 11, 2017

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