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Signs and Symptoms of Burkitt Lymphoma

Burkitt lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system.  Though it most often occurs in children in Africa, it also occurs in North America as well.  In Africa, the main site of Burkitt lymphona is the lymph glands in the neck area, whereas in North America, the most common site is the abdomen, typically the ileocecal region. We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of Burkitt lymphoma below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Signs and Symptoms of Burkitt Lymphoma are as follows:

  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck area, groin or under the arm
  • Painless swollen lymph nodes that grow rapidly
  • Lymph nodes that grow together to form a lump

In Africa, Burkitt lymphoma is linked to the Epstein Barr virus. Children with Burkitt lymphoma is Africa also often have chronic malaria, which reduces resistance to the Epstein Barr virus.  In North America, Burkitt lymphoma is not linked to the Epstein Barr virus.  Burkitt lymphoma most commonly occurs in males.

Burkitt lymphoma can also start in the ovaries, testes, brain and spinal fluid.

Diagnosis of Burkitt Lymphoma

A diagnosis of Burkitt lymphoma is made through a chest x-ray, a CT scan of the abdominal area, and a lymph node biopsy.  Other tests can include an examination of the spinal fluid and a PET scan.

Burkitt lymphoma is more than fifty percent curable with chemotherapy, if it is caught early enough and has not metastisized.

Books For People With Signs and Symptoms of Burkitt Lymphoma

Burkitt’s Lymphoma – A Medical Dictionary, Bibliography, and Annotated Research Guide to Internet References
ICON Health Publications
21st Century Ultimate Medical Guide to Burkitt Lymphoma – Authoritative, Practical Clinical Information for Physicians and Patients, Treatment Options (Two CD-ROM Set)
PM Medical Health News

Immunological studies on Burkitt’s lymphoma (Annual guest lectures / Leukaemia Research Fund)
George Klein
Burkitt’s Lymphoma: A Human Cancer Model (IARC Scientific Publications)
G.M. Lenoir

Burkitt Lymphoma Resources

General Patient Resources

  • Burkitts . org

Resources for dealing with Burkitts Lymphoma, a very rare form of cancer.

  • Burkitt’s Lymphoma Society

Our aim is to help fill a vital gap that is missing for people touched by Burkitt’s. To assist others in their battle, this site aims to provide a forum to ask questions, get connected with other Burkitt’s patients, and share moral support to one another. Here you will find informative links and articles, a discussion forum for current patients to connect with past patients and caregivers, and some encouraging insights only available from people who have been through the treatments for Burkitt’s lymphoma.

  • Experience Project

Do You Have Burkitt’s Lymphoma? Join friendly people sharing true stories in the I Have Burkitt’s Lymphoma group. Find support forums, advice and chat with groups who understand what you are going through.

  • WD

Information including symptoms, diagnosis, misdiagnosis, treatment, causes, patient stories, videos, forums, prevention, and prognosis.

  • About . com

Burkitt’s lymphoma is a rare form of aggressive Non-Hodgkin lymphoma that affects children. Find out more about this special type of lymphoma and its different manifestations.

  • Lymphoma Info .net

Information and resources on Small Non-Cleaved Cell (Burkitt’s/Non-Burkitt’s) Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Medical Resources

  • Medline Plus

A service of the US National Library of Medicine.

  • Pub Med Health

Reviews causes, risk factors, symptoms, incidence, treatment, prognosis and complications.