What causes Burkitt lymphoma/Burkitt-like lymphoma (BL/BLL)?

Updated: Dec 20, 2019
  • Author: Ali H Kanbar, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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The exact cause and pathophysiologic mechanisms leading to the development of Burkitt lymphoma are not known. Several theories exist. Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and malaria infection as well as C-myc oncogene activation are briefly discussed in this section.


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