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Lancet. 1985 Feb 2;1(8423):263-6.

Prospective study of cancer in patients with hypogammaglobulinaemia.


Among 377 patients with primary hypogammaglobulinaemia, mainly common variable immunodeficiency (CVID), 316 patients survived the first 2 years after diagnosis and were the subject of a study of cancer incidence. Among the 220 patients with CVID, there was a 5-fold increase of cancer due mainly to large excesses of stomach cancer (47-fold) and lymphomas (30-fold). The excess of stomach cancer is probably related to the high frequency of achlorhydria in CVID. 3 of the 7 patients with stomach cancer and CVID survived for 5 years or longer.

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