Burkitt's lymphoma: an unexpected cause of dental pain
We would like to describe a case of Burkitt's lymphoma in a 37-year-old lady, who initially presented to her General Dental Practitioner (GDP) complaining of pain and episodic numbness in the right lip and chin. The initial diagnosis was irreversible pulpitis of the lower right second molar (LR7) and despite having an extraction of the affected tooth her problems persisted. The patient also developed pain in the spine and limbs, accompanied by lethargy and weakness. After seeing multiple different practitioners, she was referred to her local Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery department. Cross-sectional imaging was requested and demonstrated disseminated malignancy. Histology following open trans-oral biopsy revealed a diagnosis of Burkitt's lymphoma prompting an urgent haematology referral, and she successfully completed a chemotherapy regimen. This case highlights the importance of a thorough diagnostic process in the presence of persistent and/or atypical symptoms.