Familial longevity and prognosis in Hodgkin's disease.

  title={Familial longevity and prognosis in Hodgkin's disease.},
  author={Magnus Bj{\"o}rkholm and C. Wedelin and G{\"o}ran Holm and B Essy-Ehsing},
  volume={54 6},
The authors studied the influence of familial longevity on the prognosis in 98 patients with Hodgkin's disease (HD) followed for a long period of time. The survival of parents and grandparents to patients older than 50 years of age who died from progressive HD was significantly shorter than that of ancestors to survivors in the same age group. The excess death rate among relatives to the deceased patients was mainly caused by tuberculosis, which suggests a T-cell defect. The prognostic… CONTINUE READING