Journal of the Korean Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (대한소아치과학회지), Vol.28(2) : 287~292, 2001
Journal of the Korean Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (대한소아치과학회지)
Burkitt's lymphoma is a malignant tumor that commonly occurs in the jaws of children of Central Africa. It originates from the lymphatic tissue, and it shows rapid growth. Clinically, it is commonly found in children between age of 3 and 8. When it is found in the jaw, facial swelling, mobility of deciduous teeth, and early eruption of posterior teeth can also be found. Upon radiographic examination, radiolucent lesions with irregular border can be observed. Histologically, macrophage can be seen among tumor cells, and this special pattern is called "starry-sky" appearance. In this case, 3 year-old male patient came to our hospital with left facial swelling and severe mobility of deciduous molars. He was diagnosed as Burkitt's lymphoma based on clinical, radiographic, and histologic examination. He is being treated with chemotherapy and progress seems promising.