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Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas

versión impresa ISSN 1130-0108

Rev. esp. enferm. dig. vol.109 no.6 Madrid jun. 2017




Pancreas Burkitt primary lymphoma in pediatric age



João Pedro Araújo1, Carlos Sampaio-Macedo1 and Luciana Sousa2

1Department of Radiology. Centro Hospitalar do Porto. Porto, Portugal.
2Department of Radiology. Grupo Trofa Saúde. Porto, Portugal



Case report

We present the case of an eight-year-old boy admitted with non-specific abdominal pain. An analytic study revealed a high level of lipase and amylase.

Ultrasound, abdominal computerized tomography (CT) (Fig. 1), and abdominal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (Fig. 2) were performed.




The imaging findings are suggestive of a pancreatic tumor which is an extremely rare entity in children (1). The bifocality and the absence of adenopathies was suggestive of a primary lymphoma. Primary pancreatic lymphoma is less common than secondary lymphomatous involvement. The biopsy identified Burkitt lymphoma.



There are a few cases of pancreatic Burkitt lymphoma described in the literature (2). The pancreatic involvement can be considered as a solitary lesion, multiple lesions, or diffuse infiltration of the gland (3). Alterations of the peripancreatic plans are also frequently reported, and can be a consequence of secondary pancreatitis or pancreatitis related to tumor lysis syndrome (2).



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3. Chung EM, Travis MD, Conran RM. Pancreatic tumors in children: Radiologic-pathologic correlation. RadioGraphics 2006;26(4):1211-38. DOI:10.1148/rg.264065012.         [ Links ]