How is Burkitt lymphoma/Burkitt-like lymphoma (BL/BLL) diagnosed?

Updated: Dec 20, 2019
  • Author: Ali H Kanbar, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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The least invasive procedure used to establish the diagnosis usually involves pathologic evaluation of the involved tissue biopsy. Patients with more than 25% bone marrow involvement are usually referred to as having Burkitt leukemia. Expedite the staging workup.

A diagnosis can sometimes be made by bone marrow aspiration and biopsy if the marrow is involved. If the marrow is not involved, diagnosis will require sampling lymph nodes or the involved extranodal site.


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