Epstein-Barr virus infection and gastrointestinal diseases

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Epstein-Barr virus infection and gastrointestinal diseases (EN)

Paraskevas, D. Dimitroulopoulos, E.

Epstein-Barr is a member of the herpesvirus family that infects more than 90% of the world‘s population. Although primary infection typically occurs within the first few years of life or in adolescence and is generally asymptomatic or results in infectious mononucleosis respectively, in some cases the virus is implicated with the development of a large spectrum of gastrointestinal malignant and benign diseases. Thus, Epstein-Barr virus is strongly involved in the pathogenesis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas and is associated also with some cases of Hodgkin’s disease, Burkitt’s lymphoma, gastric and esophageal cancer and rarely with some benign gastrointestinal diseases. Key words: Epstein-Barr virus, non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas, Hodgkin’s disease, Burkitt‘s lymphoma, gastric cancer, esophageal cancer, esophagitis, gastritis, inflammatory bowel disease. (EN)




Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology (EN)

Annals of Gastroenterology; Volume 18, No 4 (2005) (EN)

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