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Burkitt’s lymphoma associated with Helicobacter pylori


Correspondence: DrRWard Department of Medical Oncology, St Vincent’s Hospital, Victoria St, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010, Australia. Email:


The association between Helicobacter pylori infection and low grade mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma is now widely accepted. In this report, we describe the concurrent development of Burkitt’s lymphoma in the stomach of a 53-year-old male with perforated duodenal ulcer and positive H. pylori serology. The temporal relationship between these two events raises the possibility of a causal link between H. pylori infection and this lymphoproliferative disease. In describing this rare case of gastric Burkitt’s lymphoma, we consider the evidence that supports this possibility.