Colon tumor
Lymphoma and hematopoietic lesions
Burkitt lymphoma of colon

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

Revised: 10 August 2018, last major update February 2012

Copyright: (c) 2003-2018,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Burkitt lymphoma [title] OR Burkitt's lymphoma [title] colon
Cite this page: Singh, C. Burkitt lymphoma of colon. website. Accessed November 15th, 2018.
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]