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Celiac Diagnosis Without Biopsy Can Be Useful in Some Cases


How useful is celiac disease without biopsy? Photo: CC--Military Health

Celiac.com 05/19/2016 - Using a prospective cohort study, a team of researchers recently set out to assess the outcomes of the latest celiac diagnosis guidelines from the European Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) and British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (BSPGHAN).

The research team included Elisa Benelli, Valentina Carrato, Stefano Martelossi, Luca Ronfani, Tarcisio Not, and Alessandro Ventura. They are variously affiliated with the Department of Medical, Surgical and Health Sciences, University of Trieste in Trieste, Italy, and the Institute for Maternal and Child Health IRCCS 'Burlo Garofolo' in Trieste, Italy. The study was conducted at the Institute for Maternal and Child Health IRCCS Burlo Garofolo in Trieste, Italy.

For the study, the team prospectively enrolled children diagnosed with celiac disease without a duodenal biopsy (group 1), following the last ESPGHAN and BSPGHAN guidelines, and children diagnosed with a duodenal biopsy, matched for sex, age and year of diagnosis (group 2). All of this was done over a 3-year period. The team made sure all patients were on a gluten-free diet (gluten-free diet) and then followed them for clinical conditions and laboratory testing at 6 months every year since diagnosis. The average follow up period was just under two years.

Their analysis looked at resolution of symptoms, body mass index, levels of hemoglobin and anti-transglutaminase IgA, adherence to a gluten-free diet, quality of life, and supplementary post-diagnosis medical consultations. Out of 468 patients, the team found 51 patients (11%) who were diagnosed without a duodenal biopsy (group 1; median age 2.1 years), and matched those patients to 92 patients diagnosed with a biopsy (group 2; median age 2.4 years).

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At the end of follow-up the two groups showed statistically comparable clinical and nutritional status, anti-transglutaminase IgA antibody levels, quality of life, adherence to a gluten-free diet, and number of supplementary medical consultations.

This study indicates that celiac disease can be reliably diagnosed without a duodenal biopsy in approximately 11% of cases.

At least during a medium-term follow-up, this approach has no negative consequences relating to clinical remission, adherence to diet, and quality of life of children with celiac disease.

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Gee, I thought I was one of the one percent and now to learn I am one of the eleven percent?? ( Demoted!!)




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It took me 20 years or more Barry so I wouldn't claim any great insight on this I had a 'eureka' moment, up until then I was walking around with multiple symptoms and not connecting any dots whatsoever. It is very, very difficult to diagnose and that's something that's reflected in so many of the experiences detailed here. A food diary may help in your case. It helped me to connect the gaps between eating and onset. It could help you to track any gluten sources should you go gluten free. It is possible for your reactions to change over time. As to whether its celiac, that's something you could explore with your doctor, stay on gluten if you choose to go that way. best of luck! Matt

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Thanks for the update and welcome to the club you never wanted to join! ?

Jmg, I am glad you were able to come to the realisation that the culprit was in fact gluten. For me its not so simple. IBS runs in the family, as do several food intolerances. Its just in the last while that I can finally reach the conclusion that for me its gluten. The fact that it is a delayed effect-several hours after, made it harder. Friday I had some KFC, felt great. Saturday evening felt sleepy, Sunday felt awful and my belly was huge. I think I have gone from mildly sensitive to full blown celiac over the course of five years-if that possible. Thanks for all your help.

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