Burkitt's lymphoma in Iraq. Clinical and pathological study of forty‐seven patients

Adil Al‐Attar, Hamid Al-Mondhiry, Zuhair Al‐Bahrani, Tahseen Al‐Saleem

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The clinical and pathological features of 47 patients with Burkitt's lymphoma seen at the University of Baghdad Teaching Hospital over the years 1969–1977 are described. There were 30 males and 17 females with a mean age of 7.5 years. All patients presented with advanced disease; 44 were in Stage III and 3 in Stage IV, (1 with central nervous system involvement; 1 with bone‐marrow involvement; 1 presented as acute leukaemia). The abdomen, with or without other sites, was involved in 42 patients. Thirty‐four patients died within 18 months, 11 in the immediate post‐operative period. Cyclophosphamide in variable dosages was administered to 29 patients with a good response in 15. The 3 patients with Stage IV disease died with poor response to therapy. Thus, in Iraq, a non‐endemic area for the disease, Burkitt's lymphoma seems to have somewhat different clinical and pathological features from the endemic (African), or the rare, sporadic disease reported eisewhere.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-17
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Cancer
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 15 1979

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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