Burkitt’s Lymphoma

Burkitt’s Lymphoma is a type of Nonhodkin’s Lymphoma that originates from a Lymphocyte B and tends to spread to outside the lymphatic system’s areas, such as spinal fluid, bone Burkitt's Lymphomamarrow, central nervous system, and blood.

Burkitt’s Lymphoma also may appear at any age, but is most likely to occur in young adults and children, especially males. It also can develop in individuals with AIDS/HIV. Burkitt’s Lymphoma has a certain geographic distributions; it is most common in Central Africa and is rare in the U.S.

Burkitt’s Lymphoma results from Epstein-Barr virus, which causes infectious mononucleosis in individuals, living in the United States; however, individuals with Burkitt’s Lymphoma can not spread the disease to other people. It is not clear why Epstein-Barr virus causes infectious mononucleousis in the United States, but the same virus causes lymphoma in the Central Africa.

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