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    Older Celiac Patients Show Most Small Bowel Involvement on Capsule Endoscopy

    Jefferson Adams
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      small bowel capsule endoscopy shows that older patients with celiac disease patients have most small bowel involvement.

    The older you are at diagnosis, the more damage is done to the small bowel. Image: CC BY-ND 2.0--in_ar23
    Caption: The older you are at diagnosis, the more damage is done to the small bowel. Image: CC BY-ND 2.0--in_ar23

    Celiac.com 03/11/2020 - Researchers don't have a very good understanding about the connection between symptoms, blood tests, and the results of small bowel capsule endoscopy (SBCE) in celiac patients. 

    Better understanding such connections will help to figure out whether symptoms and blood tests can determine the severity and extent of disease using SBCE. 

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    A team of researchers recently set out determine if symptoms and blood tests can determine the severity and extent of disease using SBCE. The team included Stefania Chetcuti Zammit, David S. Sanders and Reena Sidhu, of the Academic Unit of Gastroenterology, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK.

    The research team enrolled newly diagnosed celiac patients, and noted Information on SBCE, along with symptoms and indications upon presentation, blood test results, and levels of disease histology in the duodenum. 

    A total of 60 newly diagnosed celiac patients were included, who averaged about 45 years of age. Older patients and those with iron deficiency anemia showed more small bowel involvement.  Nearly 40% of patients with weight loss had small bowel involvement beyond the duodenum, compared to those without. 

    Patients with iron deficient anemia and weight loss were much older at the time of diagnosis. There was no significant association between blood antibodies and amount of small bowel mucosa damage. 

    Patients with higher Marsh scores on duodenal histology showed more widespread small bowel involvement. This is the largest assessment of SBCE in newly diagnosed celiac disease so far conducted. The data reveal that older patients showed more widespread celiac disease on SBCE upon diagnosis. 

    Aside from weight loss and iron deficiency anaemia, symptoms and blood test results were independent of the team's findings. 

    Read more in the Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol 31: 1496–1501


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    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,500 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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