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What is Burkitt's lymphoma?

Burkitt's lymphoma is a type of B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma that mostly affects children and adolescents, particularly those with AIDS. Cases in the U.S. are rare; it is most commonly found in central Africa. It is an extremely fast-growing type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and left untreated can prove quickly fatal. It spreads easily to the blood, bone marrow, nervous system, and major organs, and occasionally surgery is required to remove damaged organ tissues once the disease is in remission.

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