What are the possible complications 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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Complications from disease include the following:

  • The likelihood of complications increases with the extent of the disease

  • Because of the extremely fast growth rate of Burkitt tumor cells, massive acute destruction of the tumor cells during initial chemotherapy may result in tumor lysis syndrome requiring renal dialysis (See Tumor Lysis Syndrome and Pediatric Tumor Lysis Syndrome.)

  • In the abdominal form of the disease, rapid tumor growth may result in obstruction; renal failure may occur from tumor infiltration of the kidneys

  • External compression of the ureters may cause obstructive uropathy; compression of loops of bowel may cause bowel obstruction

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