Friday, February 6, 2009

Celiac Disease and non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

I've written in the past about the associated diseases and symptoms of Celiac Disease. Some of you may have already seen the following but I wanted to get it out there anyway. Celiac patients have a 5.35-fold increased risk of developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (cancer).

Researchers at the( National Cancer Institute) in Bethesda, Maryland, and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden conducted a study of more than 60,000 patients with lymphomas diagnosed in Sweden between 1965 and 2004. The following is the results of that study.
"Overall, we found persons with a hospital discharge diagnosis of celiac disease to have a 5.35-fold increased nonHodgkin's lymphoma risk," the team reports in the medical journal Gastroenterology. The risk of Hodgkin's lymphoma was "borderline increased" and there was no increased risk of chronic lymphocytic leukemia in celiac disease patients.

The risk of nonHodgkin's lymphoma in patients with celiac disease was increased 13.2-fold between 1975-1984, 7.90-fold between 1985-1994, and 3.84-fold between 1995-2004.

Individuals with a sibling affected with celiac disease also had a 2.03-fold increased risk of nonHodgkin's lymphoma.
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