Celiac.com 01/22/2016 - The number of children with gluten intolerance in one part of Scotland has more than doubled in just five years, according to a new survey.

Photo: CC--Moyan BrennThe results of the survey, which were presented at a major meeting of children's health experts, indicate that the number of children diagnosed with celiac disease in the Lothian health region rose sharply between 2010 and 2015.

Between 2010 and 2014, data from the Royal Hospital for Sick Children revealed a total of 168 patients under the age of 16 with celiac disease, with 30 per cent of these diagnosed in 2014, compared to just 12.5 per cent in 2010.

Statistics show 21 cases in 2010, a number which rises to 34 in 2012 and 49 by 2014.

Doctors have not yet determined if the rise in celiac cases in Lothian is due to better disease awareness, and more stringent diagnostic techniques. They will undoubtedly be following up to determine the likely cause of the rise in celiac cases.

Meanwhile, they are urging doctors and clinicians to do more to spot celiac cases early, so as to help patients avoid possibly serious celiac-related complications as they age.

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