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Many people with single-system Langerhans' cell histiocytosis recover completely. While many people with multisystem disease respond to chemotherapy, the condition may be fatal in severe or resistant cases.

People with Langerhans' cell histiocytosis may have a higher-than-average risk of developing cancer later in life, including lymphoma and leukemia. The reason for this increased risk is not known.

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