Hodgkin's disease and birth outcome: A Danish nationwide cohort study

V. Langagergaard, E. Horvath-Puho, M. Nørgaard, B. Nørgård, H. T. Sørensen

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In a Danish nationwide cohort study of 292 births from 1973 to 2002 in women with Hodgkin's disease (HD), we compared birth outcome with 14 042 births from a cohort of mothers without cancer. We found no substantially increased risk of preterm birth, low birth weight at term, or stillbirth and no difference in proportion of male newborns for 192 children of women with HD before pregnancy. The prevalence odds ratio (POR) for congenital abnormalities was 1.7 (95% confidence interval (CI): 0.9-3.1). Among 15 newborns of mothers diagnosed during pregnancy, the POR of preterm birth was 26.6 (95% CI: 8.5-83.0), but five out of the eight preterm deliveries among these women were elective. We found no substantially increased risk of adverse birth outcome among 85 newborns of women diagnosed within 2 years postpartum, though effect estimates were imprecise. The overall findings are reassuring, they cannot exclude the possibility of an increased risk of congenital abnormalities for newborns of women diagnosed with HD before pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-188
Number of pages6
JournalBritish journal of cancer
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 15 2008


  • Birth outcome
  • Cohort study
  • Epidemiology
  • Hodgkin's disease
  • Pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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