Recruitment lecture 10.14.2019

Today at conference we had a patient presenting with ascites. Most ascites cases are from portal hypertension but 10% are from malignancy. They were found to have Burkitt’s lymphoma, a rare form of highly aggressive lymphoma.

Teaching points:

  • Remember that ascites is not always secondary to portal hypertension from cirrhosis. It usually is. But not always
  • A cell count, total protein and albumin level would differentiate the etiologies of ascites in most cases
  • Recognize the key differences between indolent, aggressive and very aggressive lymphomas
  • Understand the unique pathophysiology of Burkitt’s Lymphoma and remember it is one of the tumors / conditions highly associated with spontaneous TLS


burkitt – 10.14.2019


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