Rectal burkitt lymphoma in childhood

Francesca Favini, Maura Massimino, Valentina Esposito, Luciano Maestri, Giorgio Fava, Filippo Spreafico

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Lymphomas are the third most common cancer in children and Burkitt lymphoma (BL) accounts for about 40% of them. The rectum is extremely seldom involved in BL: 91 children were treated at our institution for BL between 1987 and June 2006, but none of them had involved the rectum. We report here on a 9-year-old boy who presented with bowel bleeding and subocclusion, which proved due to a BL of the rectum. The role of surgery for this tumor is limited nowadays, except for surgical emergencies, biopsies, and second-look surgery in selected cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-178
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008


  • Burkitt lymphoma
  • Childhood lymphoma
  • Childhood rectal tumors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Oncology
  • Hematology


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