Population based screening for coeliac disease: patient's choice or doctor's decision

Ishaq, S.
October 2004
Gut;Oct2004, Vol. 53 Issue 10, p1545
Academic Journal
This article presents information on coeliac disease. Coeliac disease is one of the most common disorders affecting up to 1% of the general population, regardless of ethnic or geographical origin. In patients with coeliac disease, mortality rate is higher than the general population by a factor of 1.9-3.8, mainly due to complications such as malignancy. The important fact is that this increased mortality can be reduced to that of the general population after 1-5 years on a gluten free diet. Moreover, there has been concern about the increased risk of osteoporosis and concurrent autoimmune disease in patients with untreated coeliac disease.


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