A study of the absorptive function of the small intestine in chidlhood malignant lymphomas was carried out at the Cancer Institute of Cairo University. The study comprised twenty-five children, with stage III or IV lymphoma. A complete lymphoma work-up was performed for each patient, comprising clinical, pathological, haematological, biochemical and roentgenological assessments. Evaluation of small intestinal function was done by means of mucosal biopsy, small bowel motor meal, xylose excretion test, and estimation of faecal fat excretion. These tests revealed evidence of malabsorption in 69% of the patients. The study provides a better understanding of childhood malignant lymphomas in Egypt, and shows that malabsorption may be more common in the disease than has been previously suspected.