Which histologic findings are characteristic of Burkitt cells?

Updated: Dec 20, 2019
  • Author: Ali H Kanbar, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Burkitt cells are homogeneous in size and shape, with round to oval nuclei and slightly coarse chromatin, with multiple nucleoli, and with intensely basophilic vacuolated cytoplasm that contains neutral fat. Extranodal involvement shows infiltration with monotonous cells of uniform size and shape. The cytoplasm is scanty, and the nucleus is round or slightly irregular with slightly coarse chromatin and several nucleoli.


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