Fortuny J, Plana E, Kaye JA. Serum lipid trajectories in the years before a lymphoma diagnosis. Leuk Lymphoma. 2021 Dec 29;1-13. doi: 10.1080/10428194.2021.1992618.

We conducted a case-control study of patients from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink in the United Kingdom to describe the trajectories of serum lipid in the years before a diagnosis of lymphoma. Study participants had at least one cholesterol measurement. Multilevel, multivariable linear longitudinal models were fit to examine the adjusted trajectories of serum lipid levels in the years before lymphoma diagnosis. Overall, 11,969 cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, 473 of Hodgkin lymphoma, and 61,894 controls were selected. Mean cholesterol levels in the years before the index date showed a more pronounced decrease in the 4 years before lymphoma diagnosis than in controls. Triglycerides levels were unrelated to case status. This research is the first to replicate the results of a similar study conducted in the United States while adjusting for more potential confounders. The newly described different behavior of cholesterol and triglycerides suggests a potential role of cholesterol in lymphomagenesis.

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