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Hidradenitis suppurativa linked to increased lymphoma risk



Lymphomas appear to be up to four times more likely in patients with hidradenitis suppurativa than among the general population, Rachel Tannenbaum and her colleagues reported in a Research Letter in JAMA Dermatology.

The risks of Hodgkin (HL), non-Hodgkin (NHL), and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) all were significantly higher among patients with HS, wrote Ms. Tannenbaum, Andrew Strunk, and Amit Garg, MD. Males and older patients carried higher risks than females and younger patients, they found.

The team members, of Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y., conducted a health care database study comprising 55 million patients included in 27 integrated U.S. health care systems. All the subjects were at least 18 years old; records indicated active HS during the study period of 2013-2018. A regression analysis controlled for age and sex.

The database contained 62,690 patients with HS. The majority (74%) were female and were aged 44 years or younger (57%).

All three lymphomas were more common among HS patients than patients without HS, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma (0.40% vs. 0.35%,) Hodgkin lymphoma (0.17% vs. 0.09%), and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (0.06% vs. 0.02%).

The multivariate analysis determined that HS patients were twice as likely to develop both non-Hodgkin and Hodgkin lymphoma (odds ratio, 2.0 and 2.21, respectively). They were four times more likely to develop cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (OR, 4.31).

All three lymphomas were more common among males than females: NHL, 0.62% vs. 0.32%; HL, 0.28% vs. 0.13%; and CTCL, 0.09% vs. 0.04%. This translated into significantly increased HS-associated risks, Ms. Tannenbaum and her coauthors noted. “For example, the [odds ratios] for the association between HS and HL were higher in males (OR, 2.97; 95% confidence interval, 2.22-3.99) than in females (OR, 1.86; 95% CI, 1.44-2.39) (P = .02),” they wrote.

Lymphomas were more common among HS patients in every age group. Those aged 18-44 years were 3.64 times more likely to develop NHL than those without HS. Patients with HS aged 45-64 years were 38% more likely to develop NHL, and those older than 65, about twice as likely (OR, 1.99).

“To our knowledge, this is the first investigation to systematically evaluate this association in a U.S. population of patients with HS,” the research team concluded.

The study was supported by a grant from AbbVie. Ms. Tannenbaum and Mr. Strunk reported no disclosures. Dr. Garg reported financial relationships with AbbVie and several other pharmaceutical companies.

SOURCE: Tannenbaum R et al. JAMA Dermatol. 2019 Jan 30. doi: 10.1001/jamadermatol.2018.5230.

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