When is inpatient treatment indicated for 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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Burkitt lymphoma and Burkitt-like lymphoma have an aggressive clinical course; therefore, management should be directed toward an expeditious diagnosis, followed by prompt institution of definitive therapy. Initial treatment should be started in an inpatient setting.

Patients with Burkitt lymphoma presenting with B symptoms should have a thorough examination, and a biopsy should be obtained immediately for any suspicious mass. Failure to diagnose this high-grade lymphoma can lead to long-term sequelae and, possibly, death.


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