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Serology in adults with celiac disease: limited accuracy in patients with mild histological lesions.
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PMID:  21468695     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Celiac disease (CD) is a gluten-triggered enteropathy, presenting with insidious clinical patterns. It can occasionally be diagnosed in asymptomatic subjects. Our aim was to define the relationship among symptoms at diagnosis, serological markers [tissue transglutaminase antibodies (tTGA), anti-endomysium antibodies (EMA) anti-actin antibodies (AAA)] and degree of mucosal damage. A total of 68 consecutive adult patients with CD were enrolled. Intestinal biopsies were scored according to the Marsh classification modified by Oberhuber: I-II minimal lesions or absent villous atrophy; IIIA partial villous atrophy; IIIB-C total villous atrophy (TVA). HLA-typing was done for all patients. No association between clinical presentation and severity of mucosal damage was found. Presence of EMA or tTGA was significantly associated with more severe mucosal damage (P < 0.001). Of 12 patients, 11 with AAA were also positive for TVA. The severity of mucosal damage is the main factor governing the detectability of serological markers of CD. The sensitivity of serological testing is questionable in patients with minimal lesions.
Anna Licata; Maria Cappello; Andrea Arini; Ada M Florena; Claudia Randazzo; Giuseppe Butera; Piero L Almasio; Antonio Craxì
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-4-6
Journal Detail:
Title:  Internal and emergency medicine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1970-9366     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
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Created Date:  2011-4-6     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101263418     Medline TA:  Intern Emerg Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Sezione e U.O.C. di Gastroenterologia, Di.Bi.M.I.S., University of Palermo, Piazza delle Cliniche 2, 90127, Palermo, Italy,
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