Cardiac involvement by Burkitt lymphoma in a 49-year-old man

Kainat Khalid, Nadeen Faza, Nasser M. Lakkis, Rashed Tabbaa

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Malignant metastases are among the most common cardiac masses. We report a rare case of cardiac involvement by Burkitt lymphoma in a 49-year-old man who presented with a 2-month history of dyspnea and palpitations. A transthoracic echocardiogram revealed 2 intracardiac masses in the right atrium (one of which partially encased the tricuspid valve), myocardial infiltration, and pericardial disease. Results of pleural fluid cytology and flow cytometry confirmed involvement by Burkitt lymphoma. Subsequent chemotherapy markedly reduced the intracardiac tumor burden and resolved the patient’s presenting symptoms. Our case highlights the importance of cardiac imaging in diagnosing systemic illness, initiating early and appropriate treatment, and monitoring disease progression in patients with intracardiac Burkitt lymphoma. (Tex Heart Inst J 2020;47(3):210-2).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)210-212
Number of pages3
JournalTexas Heart Institute Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2020


  • Burkitt lymphoma/complications
  • Echocardiography
  • Heart neoplasms/ diagnostic imaging
  • Tomography, x-ray computed

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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