Colon tumor
Lymphoma and hematopoietic lesions
Burkitt lymphoma of colon

Topic Completed: 1 February 2012

Revised: 12 June 2019

Copyright: 2003-2019,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Burkitt lymphoma [title] OR Burkitt's lymphoma [title] colon

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Cite this page: Singh C. Burkitt lymphoma of colon. website. Accessed November 14th, 2019.
Definition / general
  • See also Lymphoma and plasma cell neoplasms chapter
  • Sporadic cases in Western world and Middle East may present with ileocecal involvement and pain or obstruction
  • Endemic cases in Africa usually don't present with GI involvement
Case reports
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Small, noncleaved and monomorphic cells with basophilic cytoplasm, round nuclei and prominent multiple nucleoli
  • Starry sky appearance on low power
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Not necessarily colon:

Starry sky appearance


Cytology description
  • Vacuoles
Cytology images

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Touch prep shows prominent vacuoles

Positive stains
Negative stains
Molecular / cytogenetics description
  • C-myc translocations [t(8;14) and others]
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