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Am J Public Health. 1991 Jun;81(6):758-60.

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in a cohort of Vietnam veterans.

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  • 1Center for Environmental Health and Injury Control, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA 30333.


We examined the incidence of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) in a cohort of 18,313 United States Army veterans from the Vietnam era. Diagnoses were confirmed through a review of hospital records. Among veterans who had died after discharge or who had participated in a telephone interview (8,170 Vietnam veterans and 7,564 non-Vietnam veterans), seven Vietnam veterans and one non-Vietnam veteran had developed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (p = 0.07). As none of the NHL cases had military job titles which suggest that they were occupationally exposed to herbicides while in Vietnam, the reasons for the excess are unclear.

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