Leukemia acute
Mature B cell ALL

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Revised: 26 November 2019

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Definition / general
  • Also called Burkitt leukemia, FAB L3
  • See also Lymphoma and plasma cell neoplasms chapter
  • WHO classifies Burkitt lymphoma with secondary marrow or peripheral blood involvement and ALL-L3 as same disease
  • Variants are endemic, sporadic and immunodeficiency associated with different clinical and geographic presentations
  • Extramedullary masses are prominent, often the presenting feature
  • Pure leukemic involvement is rare
  • Cases with mature B phenotype but no c-myc translocations are best classified and managed as pre-B ALL (Arch Pathol Lab Med 2003;127:1340)
Case reports
  • More intensive chemotherapy than standard ALL plus CNS prophylaxis; overall survival up to 50 - 70% in adults (Blood 2004;104:3009)
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Intermediate to large blasts with intensely basophilic cytoplasm containing prominent vacuoles, nuclei are round with coarse / mildly clumped chromatin and indistinct nucleoli
  • Low power has starry sky appearance in biopsies
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Peripheral blood (fig 1A), bone marrow
aspirate (fig 1B), bone marrow biopsy
(fig 2) and inset-CD20

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Oil Red O+

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