Annals of Hematology

, Volume 88, Issue 11, pp 1099–1106 | Cite as

Treatment outcome of adult patients with Burkitt lymphoma: results using the LMB protocol in Korea

  • Moon Ki Choi
  • Hyun Jung Jun
  • Sung Yoon Lee
  • Kyung Ha Kim
  • Do Hyoung Lim
  • Kihyun Kim
  • Young Hyeh Ko
  • Won Seog Kim
  • Seok Jin Kim
Original Article


Burkitt lymphoma (BL) is a rare subtype of adult non-Hodgkin lymphoma, so studies on the outcome of adult BL, especially in Asian patients, are scarce. We report our results using the LMB protocol on Korean adult BL patients. Thirty-eight newly diagnosed BL patients were treated with the LMB protocol; 29 males and nine females with a median age of 47 years (range 18–70) were analyzed, and 14 (36.8%) patients had central nervous system or bone marrow involvement. After the induction phase, 28 patients achieved complete response (CR, 73.7%) and five showed partial response (PR, 13.2%). Among those achieving CR, only four showed relapse. All of the non-CR patients died, including five PR and one with progressive disease. The other four patients died because of infection after the first course of induction. The progression-free and overall estimated survival at 5 years was 74.99% and 68.10%, respectively. Of the 12 patients who died, the median survival was 4.43 months (95% confidence interval 1.43–7.43 months). Thus, most deaths occurred shortly after diagnosis, and four patients older than 58 years died after the first induction cycle. Most early deaths were caused by treatment-related morbidity and failure to achieve complete response. B symptoms, advanced age, bone marrow involvement, and St. Jude/Murphy stage IV classification were significantly associated with poor overall survival. In conclusion, the LMB protocol was effective for Korean adult BL patients. However, considering the high incidence of treatment-related deaths and the poor outcome of non-CR patients, risk-adapted modification of the induction phase is warranted.


Burkitt lymphoma Chemotherapy Prognosis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Moon Ki Choi
    • 1
  • Hyun Jung Jun
    • 1
  • Sung Yoon Lee
    • 1
  • Kyung Ha Kim
    • 1
  • Do Hyoung Lim
    • 1
  • Kihyun Kim
    • 1
  • Young Hyeh Ko
    • 2
  • Won Seog Kim
    • 1
  • Seok Jin Kim
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Hematology-Oncology, Department of Medicine Samsung Medical CenterSungkyunkwan University School of MedicineSeoulSouth Korea
  2. 2.Department of Pathology, Samsung Medical CenterSungkyunkwan University School of MedicineSeoulKorea

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