Specialists Urge Close Lymphoma Screening for Celiac Patients Due to High Risk

Celiac disease specialists at the Columbia Medical Center are asking gastroenterologists to carefully screen their patients with celiac disease for lymphoma, according to a Clinical Oncology News report. New research, presented at the Digestive Disease Week meeting earlier this year, showed individuals with the disease are six times more likely to develop lymphoma and are at even greater risk for developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Researchers found of the 1,285 adults with celiac disease treated at Columbia University's Celiac Disease Center between 1981 and 2010, 40 also were diagnosed with a lymphoproliferative disorder. The risk that celiac sufferers will develop a lymphoproliferative disorder was 6.5 times greater than the general population.

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