Celiac disease and childhood cancer

Stefano Cereda, Graziella Cefalo, Filippo Spreafico, Serena Catania, Cristina Meazza, Marta Podda, Monica Terenziani

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Celiac disease is an autoimmune enteropathy developing in genetically predisposed individuals after mucosal contact with gluten, secondary to unknown triggering factors. An increased rate of malignancies in adults with celiac disease has been confirmed in several studies, but there is considerable evidence that a gluten-free diet protects against the development of cancer. The association between celiac disease and childhood cancer is not clear. Few cases are reported in the literature. Here, we report the cases referred to our pediatric oncology unit with a review of the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-349
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006


  • Celiac disease
  • Childhood cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Oncology
  • Hematology

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