Digestive Diseases and Sciences

, Volume 24, Issue 9, pp 684–688

Malignancy in a 19-year experience of adult celiac disease

  • W. S. Selby
  • N. D. Gallagher
Original Articles

DOI: 10.1007/BF01314465

Cite this article as:
Selby, W.S. & Gallagher, N.D. Digest Dis Sci (1979) 24: 684. doi:10.1007/BF01314465


Malignancy has developed in 10 of 93 patients with celiac disease who attended this hospital from 1959 to 1978. Four patients developed lymphoma, 5 a squamous carcinoma of the esophagus, and 1 an adenocarcinoma of the ileum. Because the majority of patients were ingesting varying amounts of gluten at the time of their follow-up no conclusion can be drawn about the possible role of a gluten-free diet in the prevention of malignancy.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. S. Selby
    • 1
  • N. D. Gallagher
    • 1
  1. 1.A. W. Morrow Department of GastroenterologyRoyal Prince Alfred HospitalSydneyAustralia

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