Burkitt lymphoma mimicking an acute appendicitis in a 17 years old boy : a case report
Acta chirurgica Belgica. - Brussel, 1946 - 1996
, p. 306-309
University of Antwerp
Burkitt lymphoma belongs to the B cell non-Hodgkin tumors and is known as the fastest growing human tumor. It is mostly seen in children and young adults. Typically for this type of lymphoma is the chromosomal translocation that leads to a deregulated expression of the c-myc oncogene. Our case report describes a 17 year old patient who presents with atypical right lower quadrant pain. He underwent an explorative laparoscopy and a Burkitt lymphoma was discovered. Subsequently several imaging studies were performed to stage the disease. Intensive systemic chemotherapy is the choice of treatment. Surgery can have a role in early stages and acute complications of the tumor but frequently the role of surgery is restricted to histological biopsy.