Korean J Gastrointest Endosc.  2004 Aug;29(2):94-98.

A Case of Ileocecal Burkitt`s Lymphoma with Intussusception in an Adult

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Pusan National University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea. ahapjh@freechal.com
  • 2Department of Internal Medicine, Kwanghye General Hospital, Busan, Korea.


Burkitt`s lymphoma is a distinct pathologic entity characterized by a diffuse proliferation of small, noncleaved cells of B-lymphocytes origin. It was first reported as "jaw sarcoma" in East African children and described as endemic in tropical Africa. Burkitt`s lymphoma usually occurs in youth and children, but it is very rare in an adult gastrointestinal tract of an adult. We recently experienced an unusual case of Burkitt`s lymphoma in a 69-year-old male with lower abdominal pain and a mass. A colonoscopy and abdominal CT scan detected an ileocecal fungating mass with intussusception, and the histologic examination of the resected and biopsy specimens showed infiltration of medium-sized lymphoblasts with characteristic "starry sky" machrophages. So we report it with a brief review of literatures.


Burkitt`s lymphoma; Adult; Intussusception
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