Colon tumor
Lymphoma and hematopoietic lesions
Burkitt lymphoma of colon

Author: Charanjeet Singh, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 3 January 2017, last major update February 2012

Copyright: (c) 2003-2017,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Burkitt lymphoma [title] OR Burkitt's lymphoma [title] colon
Cite this page: Burkitt lymphoma of colon. website. Accessed April 26th, 2017.
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
Micro Description
  • Small, noncleaved and monomorphic cells with basophilic cytoplasm, round nuclei and prominent multiple nucleoli
  • Starry sky appearance on low power
Micro Images

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Not necessarily colon:

Left to right: Burkitt (figure A / B) versus diffuse large B cell lymphoma; starry sky appearance; Ki67

Cytology Description
  • Vacuoles
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Touch prep shows prominent vacuoles

Positive Stains
Negative Stains
Molecular / Cytogenetics Description
  • C-myc translocations [t(8;14) and others]