Epidemiology of Gastrointestinal Lymphomas

  • Clark W. HeathJr
Part of the Developments in Oncology book series (DION, volume 6)


The gastrointestinal tract and its system of lymphatic drainage are commonly involved in cases of human lymphoma. Over half of all autopsied lymphoma cases examined by Rosenberg et al. (1) showed such abdominal involvement. In less than 5 percent of cases, however, did the disease appear clinically to have originated in gastrointestinal or gastrointestinal lymphoid tissue. Primary gastrointestinal lymphoma is generally, therefore, a rare disease. Although direct measurements of lymphoma incidence exist only by histologic type and not by organ system (overall rates being in the range of 50 to 100 cases per million population per year in most countries (2)), incidence of primary gastrointestinal lymphomas can be estimated at about 2 to 5 cases per million per year.


Ulcerative Colitis Coeliac Disease Dermatitis Herpetiformis Reticulum Cell Sarcoma Gastrointestinal Lymphoma 
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