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Refractory Sprue

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Posted 11 June 2004 - 06:20 PM

I just wondered what your experiences with GIs regarding "refractory sprue" are. We had a consult with an experienced celiac GI and I was surprised that the (apparent) current thinking/research is that there really is no such thing as "refractory sprue" -- if you don't respond to a strict gluten-free diet clincally and/or pathologically, then by definition you don't have any form of celiac sprue, you have some other autoimmune problem manifesting itself as a celiac look-alike. (probably autoimmune enteropathy). I couldn't believe that after months of a gluten-free diet now we're being told that it may not be neccessary at all (or at least until my son heals, which will probably take the better part of a year)

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