Burkitt lymphoma

  • Definition

    Burkitt lymphoma is a very fast growing form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

    Alternative Names

    B-cell lymphoma; High-grade B-cell lymphoma

    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    Burkitt lymphoma was first discovered in children in certain parts of Africa, but it also occurs in the United States.

    The African type of Burkitt lymphoma is closely associated with the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), the main cause of infectious mononucleosis. The North American form of Burkitt lymphoma is not linked to EBV.

    Burkitt lymphoma is most often seen in males.