Italian researchers found celiac patients face a 2.5-fold increase in the risk of developing papillary cancer of the thyroid.
There is new evidence of a link between celiac disease and thyroid cancer. Researchers in Italy have found that patients with celiac disease are more likely to develop a papillary thyroid carcinoma—and the level of gluten ingestion didn’t appear to make a difference.
There is a 2.5-fold increased risk of papillary cancer of thyroid for celiac patients. A prompt diagnosis of CD and a strict adherence to gluten-free diet do not seem to protect from the development of this malignancy, the study concluded.
Researchers based their findings on data from the Italian Registry of Celiac Disease, 1982-2006.
The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology.