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What are the symptoms of Burkitt lymphoma?

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The symptoms of Burkitt lymphoma depend on the type. The endemic (African) variant usually starts as tumors of the jaw or other facial bones. It also can affect the gastrointestinal tract, ovaries, and breasts and can spread to the central nervous system, causing nerve damage, weakness, and paralysis. The types more commonly seen in the U.S. -- sporadic and immunodeficiency-associated -- usually start in the bowel and form a bulky tumor mass in the abdomen, often with massive involvement of the liver, spleen, and bone marrow. These variants also can start in the ovaries, testes, or other organs, and spread to the brain and spinal fluid. Other symptoms associated with Burkitt lymphoma include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Unexplained fever

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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