Psychiatric and Educational Aspects of Familial Adenomatous Polyposis: A Nationwide Danish Cohort Study With Matched Nonexposed Individuals


Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) is an autosomal, dominantly inherited disorder that predisposes to colorectal cancer. An increased risk of cancer may affect mental health, but the magnitude of this effect remains unknown. We assessed the psychosocial functioning, including the educational level attained and risk of psychiatric comorbidity, of patients with FAP by comparing them with matched nonexposed individuals.


All Danish patients with FAP diagnosed before April 2021 were identified in the Danish Polyposis Register and paired with 4 matched nonexposed individuals. Educational history, psychiatric contacts or diagnoses (International Classification of Disease, 10th Revision), and treatment with antidepressants, anxiolytics, or antipsychotics were compared between patients with FAP and nonexposed individuals.


The analysis included 445 patients with FAP and 1,538 nonexposed individuals. The highest educational level reached was significantly lower for patients with FAP (P < 0.001). When comparing patients with FAP and nonexposed and adjusting for a cancer diagnosis, an increased risk was observed for a psychiatric contact (1.69, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.25–2.29, P < 0.001), any psychiatric prescription (1.39, 95% CI 1.17–1.66, P < 0.001), a psychiatric diagnosis (1.64, 95% CI 1.19–2.26, P = 0.002), and experiencing any psychiatric event (hazard ratio 1.42, 95% CI 1.20–1.68, P < 0.001). An increased risk was specifically seen for mood (affective) disorders (1.76, 95% CI 1.09–2.83, P = 0.02) and behavioral and emotional disorders (2.01, 95% CI 1.10–3.69, P = 0.02) and the need for antidepressants (1.59, 95% CI 1.24–2.03, P < 0.001) and antipsychotics (1.85, 95% CI 1.26–2.70, P = 0.002).


Compared with nonexposed individuals, patients with had significantly less education and an increased risk of developing mood and behavioral disorders, with an increased likelihood of needing antidepressants and antipsychotics.

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