Friday, 12 August 2016

Queried Case of Burkitt's Lymphoma Blamed On a Dentist

A queried case of Burkitt's lymphoma has been blamed on a Nigerian dentist.

This is what @toxsylelise wrote on Instagram:

"She went to a dentist to remove her tooth but unfortunately it now cause turmoil in her upper gum after series of test. Please we beg Nigerians to assist us financially to enable her undergo operation to remove the turmoil.

The doctors requested the sum of N5m to carry out the operation. The Bank details are: TOKIN DOUGLAS, ACCOUNT NUMBER: 0072688095(DIAMOND BANK) and IYATE DAVIDS,: 2038899953(UNITED BANK OF AFRICA) Thanks and God Bless."

From the picture, this young girl looks like she has Burkitt lymphoma - one of the highly aggressive B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHL) originally described in children, but also observed in adult patients.

The tumour has been linked to an infection with Ebstein-Barr Virus and malaria.

The endemic form of Burkitt lymphoma (eBL) is most commonly seen in patients in equatorial Africa, with jaw and facial bone (orbit) involvement occurring in more than 50% of cases. Patients most often present with swelling of the affected jaw or other facial bones, loosening of the teeth, and swelling of the lymph nodes, which are nontender and rapidly growing, in the neck or below the jaw.

Burkitt's is one of the fastest growing malignancies in humans, with a growth fraction close to 100% and a doubling time of around 25 hours.

So if you want to save this girl's life, please donate as soon as possible because if this is Burkitt's lymphoma, the tumour doubles rapidly but is very treatable.

What do you think: Dentist's fault or a malignancy?

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