Lymphoma Risk and Screening in IBD

  • Chip Alex Bowman
  • Garrett LawlorEmail author


Our understanding of the risk of lymphoma in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is confounded by conflicting data, the impact of immunosuppressive medications on that risk, and the introduction of newer agents in the management of IBD. As we alter how we strategize, stratify, and combine therapies, this risk will also alter. Recent data is reassuring in downplaying the risk of lymphoma associated with anti-TNF therapies specifically and brings to the forefront legitimate concerns of thiopurine (6-MP, azathioprine) use, especially in young men. This chapter will discuss the impact of IBD and IBD therapies on overall lymphoma risk. We will also discuss the role of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) in the development of lymphoma and our evolving understanding of the risk of hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma (HSTCL) with IBD therapies.


Lymphoma IBD Inflammatory bowel disease Crohn’s disease Ulcerative colitis Thiopurines Anti-TNF EBV HSTCL Vedolizumab Tofacitinib 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and SurgeonsNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Columbia University Medical Center/NY-Presbyterian HospitalNew YorkUSA

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