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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 41  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 899-900  

Diffuse involvement of small bowel in burkitt's lymphoma with intussusception

Department of Paediatric Surgery, Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna, Bihar, India

Date of Submission06-May-2020
Date of Decision01-Aug-2020
Date of Acceptance23-Aug-2020
Date of Web Publication31-Dec-2020

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sandip Kumar Rahul
S/O Shri Kapil Kumar Jha, Qr. No. - BN-2/B, IGIMS Campus, Patna - 800 014, Bihar
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DOI: 10.4103/ijmpo.ijmpo_217_20

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Chaubey D, Rahul SK, Kumar S, Yadav R. Diffuse involvement of small bowel in burkitt's lymphoma with intussusception. Indian J Med Paediatr Oncol 2020;41:899-900

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Chaubey D, Rahul SK, Kumar S, Yadav R. Diffuse involvement of small bowel in burkitt's lymphoma with intussusception. Indian J Med Paediatr Oncol [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Jan 16];41:899-900. Available from: https://www.ijmpo.org/text.asp?2020/41/6/899/189891

A 5-year-old male presented with pain abdomen, intermittent bilious vomiting, and passage of blood-mixed mucoid stool for 3 days. On examination, he was pale, dehydrated, and tachycardic; there was mild upper abdominal distension with a palpable mass measuring 8 cm × 4 cm in the left upper abdomen. Per-rectal examination showed an empty rectum with blood-mixed mucus at the tip of the examining finger. His hemoglobin was 9.0 g/dl; total leukocyte count was 11,400/mm3; serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) level was 865 U/L; serum electrolytes and creatinine were within normal limits. Peripheral smear and bone marrow aspiration were not done as the patient presented with acute abdomen and needed urgent surgical intervention. X-ray abdomen revealed a few air-fluid levels in the upper abdomen with distal paucity of gas. Abdominal sonogram showed features of intussusception [Figure 1] with significantly enlarged mesenteric lymph nodes, the largest one measuring 5 cm × 3 cm in size.
Figure 1: Ultrasound imaging showing loop within loop picture (target sign) suggestive of intussusception

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During surgery, several multicentric intramural masses involving the bowel circumference variably were seen to involve both jejunum and ileum [Figure 2]a. The proximal-most lesion among them was the lead point to jejunojejunal intussusception [Figure 2]b which could be reduced manually. Resection was not done due to diffuse involvement of the entire small bowel. One of the enlarged mesenteric lymph nodal masses was excised and sent for histopathological examination (HPE). HPE revealed features of high-grade B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma which was positive for CD20, CD10, and BCL6 and showed high Ki-67 positivity; fluorescence in situ hybridization study showed a c-MYC translocation suggesting Burkitt's lymphoma [Figure 3].
Figure 2: (a and b) Intraoperative pictures of the patient showing multiple circumferential lesions, enlarged lymph nodes, and intussusception

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Figure 3: Histopathological examination slides suggesting a B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (HE, CD10, KI67, TDT, CD20, and BCL2) and picture of fluorescence in situ hybridization showing C-MYC translocation

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The patient was started on oral feeds from the 5th postoperative day and received chemotherapy following histological diagnosis. Considering the different protocols for chemotherapy in Burkitt's lymphoma for children, he received 4 cycles of modified Magrath regimen (2 cycles of CODOX-M and IVAC alternating every 21 days) without rituximab (due to high cost) after consultation with the medical oncology team; CODOX-M consists of (cyclophosphamide 800 mg/m2 intravenous [IV] on day 1 and day 2; vincristine 1.4 mg/m2 IV on days 1 and 8; cytarabine 50 mg intrathecally [IT] on days 1 and 3; methotrexate 3000 mg/m2 IV over 4 h on day 10 and then again 12 mg IT on day 15; leucovorin 200 mg/m2 IV 24 h after initiation of methotrexate on day 11, followed by 15 mg/m2 IV every 6 h and granulocyte colony stimulating factor [G CSF] from day 13 till absolute granulocyte count ≥1 × 109 /L); IVAC consists of (cytarabine 2 mg/m2 IV every 12 h for 4 doses from day 1; etoposide 60 mg/m2 IV on days 1–5; ifosfamide 1500 mg/m2 IV+ mesna 360 mg/m2 on days 1–5; methotrexate 12 mg IT on day 5; leucovorin 15 mg orally 24 h after IT methotrexate on day 6; G CSF 5 μg/kg subcutaneous daily from day 7 till absolute granulocyte count ≥1 × 109 /L).[1] During this period, complete blood count, serum electrolytes, uric acid levels, LDH, creatinine and creatinine clearance, evidence of mucositis, neurotoxicity, hepatotoxicity (serum bilirubin level), cardiotoxicity (echocardiography), and serum methotrexate levels were monitored. This is a highly efficacious regimen, and the patient responded to it. Compared to continuous infusion approaches, this regimen was easy to administer and cost and issues related to infusion pumps and central venous catheters were not there.[1]

The patient is symptom free in the postoperative period and has been in regular follow-up since the last 12 months.

Lymphomas are common lead points in intussusceptions seen in older children. Multicentric diffuse involvement of bowel in lymphoma, as seen in this case, has also been reported earlier.[2],[3] While single or segmental involvement makes resection and anastomosis possible, diffuse involvement of the entire small bowel as seen in this case forbids resection, and therefore, chemotherapy is the only effective modality of treatment after manual reduction of intussusception.

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The authors certify that they have obtained all appropriate patient consent forms. In the form, the parents have given their consent for images and other clinical information to be reported in the journal. The parents understand that name and initials will not be published, and due efforts will be made to conceal identity, but anonymity cannot be guaranteed.

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Lacasce A, Howard O, Lib S, Fisher D, Weng A, Neuberg D, et al. Modified magrath regimens for adults with Burkitt and Burkitt-like lymphomas: preserved efficacy with decreased toxicity. Leuk Lymphoma 2004;45:761-7.  Back to cited text no. 1
Gupta H, Davidoff AM, Pui CH, Shochat SJ, Sandlund JT. Clinical implications and surgical management of intussusception in pediatric patients with Burkitt lymphoma. J Pediatr Surg 2007;42:998-1001.  Back to cited text no. 2
Özant A, Arslan K, Özçay N, Besim H. Adult multicentric burkitt lymphoma with bowel obstruction due to intussusception. Turk J Gastroenterol 2018;29:361-4.  Back to cited text no. 3


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