A Rare Presentation of Childhood Burkitt`s Lymphoma with Tense Ascites, Massive Pleural Effusion and Abdominal Mass
Burkitt's lymphoma is a lymphatic tumor classified as non-Hodgkin lymphoma with small non cleaved cells. The disease has an incidence of two cases per million patients in North America, and usually present with an intra-abdominal tumor, or enlarged cervical lymph nodes. Massive amounts of peritoneal and plural fluid is rarely seen in these patients. A three year-old girl presented with massive pleural effusion, ascites, mesenteric infiltration, and intraperitoneal mass is discussed in this report. Burkitt's lymphoma is a highly aggressive tumor with a very rapid growth and a variety of different presentations. It is potentially curable, if highly intensive multidrug chemotherapy is used with aggressive central nervous system prophylaxis.
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