Coeliac disease

R. Mark Beattie, Anil Dhawan and John W.L. Puntis

in Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

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Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780198569862
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725968 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Specialist Handbooks

Coeliac disease

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Coeliac disease is an immune-mediated enteropathy caused by a permanent sensitivity to gluten which is present in wheat, barley, and rye. It occurs in genetically susceptible children and adults. The classical presentation is with chronic diarrhoea, abdominal distension, and failure to thrive. The widespread availability of antibody screening has considerably changed the clinical spectrum of cases seen. The testing of children with less classical symptoms and screening of children at high risk has brought increasing recognition of the varied presentation and increased prevalence of this now very common condition....

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Subjects: Gastroenterology ; Paediatrics

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