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Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol. 1990 Mar;69(3):307-16.

American Burkitt's lymphoma: a 10-year review and case study.

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Department of Dentistry, School of Dentistry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


Burkitt's lymphoma is a malignancy of B-lymphocyte origin that was initially described in African children with jaw tumors. These tumors often spread to involve abdominal viscera and other sites, have rapid growth kinetics, and are principally responsive to chemotherapy. Prolonged survival is predicted by site and extent of tumor, with bone marrow and central nervous system involvement being indicators of a poor prognosis. The dental practitioner plays an important role in diagnosis of jaw lesions and treatment throughout the course of the disease. An examination of 17 cases of Burkitt's lymphoma diagnosed at The North Carolina Memorial Hospital, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, over a 10-year period is undertaken and an illustrative case study is presented to demonstrate the challenge of caring for the patient with Burkitt's lymphoma.

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