Malignancy in a 19-year experience of adult celiac disease
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- Selby, W.S. & Gallagher, N.D. Digest Dis Sci (1979) 24: 684. doi:10.1007/BF01314465
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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.