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Are Doctors Following Current Biopsy Guidelines When Diagnosing Celiac Disease?

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How tightly are doctors following current guidelines for diagnosing celiac disease?

Current guidelines by the British Society of Gastroenterology recommend that doctors take at least four duodenal biopsy specimens at the time of upper gastrointestinal (UGI) endoscopy when looking for celiac disease. The practice has been shown to increase celiac diagnoses, and to reduced missed diagnoses.

The Society recently sought to assess compliance with their own guidelines within their institution. Here's what they found.

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