Which patient groups have the highest prevalence of 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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Although no racial predilection is reported, there is a sex and age predilection. Males are affected 2-3 times more often than females (male-to-female ratio, 2-3:1). According to the SEER database, between 2001 and 2006, the incidence of Burkitt lymphoma in adults (> 20 y) was roughly 5 times higher than the incidence of the disease in children (< 20 y).

The endemic form of the disease (eBL) is most common in children aged 4-7 years. Outside Africa, adults with the sporadic form (sBL) are typically younger than 35 years, whereas patients with Burkitt-like lymphoma (BLL) have a median age of 55 years. [25]


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