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Diagnosis of coeliac disease in children younger than 2 years.
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PMID:  23325441     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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BACKGROUND AND AIM: : To diagnose coeliac disease (CD) in children younger than 2 years, the old ESPGHAN criteria based on 3 small bowel biopsies were recommended until recently. The aim of the present study was to investigate the applicability of only 1 small intestinal biopsy plus positive serology for the diagnosis of CD in children younger than 2 years.
METHODS: : A prospective cohort study included 81 patients younger than 2 years with symptoms suggestive of CD, who all completed the diagnostic procedure based on 3 small bowel biopsies. According to the finding of the third biopsy, patients were divided into group A-CD confirmed (N = 44), and group B-CD not confirmed, after the gluten challenge (N = 37).
RESULTS: : At the time of the first biopsy, total villous atrophy (Marsh IIIc) was found more often in group A than in group B (77% vs 27%, P < 0.01). Also, all of the studied antibodies were more frequently positive in group A than in group B (P < 0.01 for all of the tested antibodies). Positive anti-endomysial antibodies and Marsh IIIc finding were the best discriminators between the group A and the group B and considerably contributed to the prediction of CD.
CONCLUSIONS: : The second and the third biopsies (before and after the gluten challenge) may also be avoided when diagnosing CD in children younger than 2 years provided that the child, at the time of presentation, has positive anti-endomysial antibodies and Marsh IIIc on the small bowel biopsy. A gluten challenge should be still considered in all other children younger than 2 years.
Authors:
Zrinjka Mišak; Iva Hojsak; Oleg Jadrešin; Alemka Jaklin Kekez; Slaven Abdović; Sanja Kolaček
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition     Volume:  56     ISSN:  1536-4801     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Pediatr. Gastroenterol. Nutr.     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8211545     Medline TA:  J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  201-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Referral Centre for Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Children's Hospital Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia.
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