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Definition

Burkitt lymphoma is a very fast growing form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Symptoms

Burkitt lymphoma may first be noticed as a swelling of the lymph nodes (glands) in the neck, groin, below the jaw, or under the arm. These swollen lymph nodes are often painless, but can grow very rapidly.

In the more common types seen in the United States, the cancer usually starts in the belly area (abdomen). The disease can also start in the ovaries, testes, brain, and spinal fluid.

Symptoms include:

  • Nodes that grow together to form a lump
  • Nontender nodes
  • Rapid growth of the lymph nodes
  • Unexplained swollen lymph nodes
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