Independent Nurse: Clinical - Coeliac disease - Improving coeliac care

Butt, Sohail
June 2005
GP: General Practitioner;6/24/2005, p107
The article examines causes, symptoms and appropriate management of coeliac disease. Coeliac disease is a chronic and permanent inflammatory disease of the upper small intestinal mucosa. The number of people diagnosed with coeliac disease appears to be increasing. Ten years ago, it was considered a comparatively uncommon disorder, with a prevalence of 1 in 1,000 being quoted. It is now estimated that 1 per cent of people in Great Britain may have coeliac disease. Coeliac disease triggered in susceptible people by eating gluten, the protein component found in wheat, rye, barley and possibly oats.


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