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Widespread Sporadic Type Burkitt Lymphoma Presenting as Dental Mobility and Premature Eruption of Permanent Teeth in a Child

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Burkitt lymphoma (BL) is a rare and aggressive malignant neoplasm frequently involving the jawbones in children. The main purpose of this article is to report the case of a nine-year-old boy with widespread BL diagnosed through oral findings. The patient was referred after complaining of dental mobility for two weeks. The physical examination revealed premature eruption of permanent teeth. The periapical radiographic examination showed a diffuse bone rarefaction in the involved area. An incisional biopsy was performed, leading to the diagnosis of BL. The patient was then treated with chemotherapy and is free of disease after an 18-month follow-up. The main signs and symptoms of an oral BL could mimic a dental problem, thus it is extremely important to be knowledgeable about this disease, which can be fatal without early diagnosis and treatment.
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Keywords: BURKITT LYMPHOMA; CHILD; DENTAL MOBILITY; ORAL CAVITY; PREMATURE ERUPTION

Document Type: Case Report

Affiliations: 1: Dr. Vicente is a graduate student, Department of Dental Radiology, Londrina State University, Londrina, Paraná, Brazil 2: Dr. Ito, Londrina State University, Londrina, Paraná, Brazil 3: Dr. Lima, Londrina State University, Londrina, Paraná, Brazil 4: Dr. Tanaka, Londrina State University, Londrina, Paraná, Brazil 5: Dr. Takahashi, Londrina State University, Londrina, Paraná, Brazil 6: Dr. Takahama are associate professors, Department of Oral Medicine and Pediatric Dentistry, all at the Londrina State University, Londrina, Paraná, Brazil;, Email: [email protected]

Publication date: January 1, 2020

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  • Acquired after the merger between the American Society of Dentistry for Children and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in 2002, the Journal of Dentistry for Children (JDC) is an internationally renowned journal whose publishing dates back to 1934. Published three times a year, JDC promotes the practice, education and research specifically related to the specialty of pediatric dentistry. It covers a wide range of topics related to the clinical care of children, from clinical techniques of daily importance to the practitioner, to studies on child behavior and growth and development. JDC also provides information on the physical, psychological and emotional conditions of children as they relate to and affect their dental health.
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