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Open Access Case report

Burkitts’s lymphoma – an atypical presentation

Farah Ziade1, Nicolas von der Weid2, Maja Beck-Popovic2 and Andreas Nydegger1*

Author Affiliations

1 Pediatric Gastroenterology Unit, Department of Pediatrics, University of Lausanne, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Rue du Bugnon 46, CH-1011, Lausanne, Switzerland

2 Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Unit, Department of Pediatrics, University of Lausanne, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Rue du Bugnon 46, CH-1011, Lausanne, Switzerland

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BMC Pediatrics 2012, 12:113  doi:10.1186/1471-2431-12-113

Published: 6 August 2012

Abstract

Background

In female adolescents and young adults, malignancies of the genital tract are the most frequent type of cancer, closely followed by Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas.

Case Presentation

We report an unusual case of sporadic Burkitt’s lymphoma (BL) presenting with massive bilateral ovarian infiltration, peritoneal carcinomatosis and diffuse nodular lesions of the stomach and the intestine mimicking Krukenberg tumor. Diagnostic biopsies were obtained by endoscopy of the upper gastrointestinal tract. With intensive chemotherapy, complete remission was rapidly achieved, without life-threatening tumor lysis syndrome.

Conclusion

Besides metastatic gastric adenocarcinoma, BL is an important differential diagnosis in adolescents presenting with Krukenberg tumor.

Keywords:
Burkitt’s lymphoma; Gastric; Stomach; Adolescent; Epstein barr virus; Krukenberg tumor