Storia dei fatti (e delle parole) in sei figure

Translated title of the contribution: A rundown of the facts (and words) in six items

Alessandro Ventura, Irene Berti, Alberto Tommasini

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A brief rundown of coeliac disease: 1) the distant past, in which it was considered to be a rare, highly typical illness (diarrhoea, extreme loss of weight, swollen abdomen, with a prevalence of 1:10,000; 2) the revolution brought about by the "discovery" of autoantibodies, anti-endomysium and anti-transglutaminase, and the demonstration of the real prevalence of 1:200; 3) the progress in immuno-histochemical diagnosis in biopsies, and the increasingly felt opinion of doing away with biopsies for diagnosis; 4) recognition of the capacity of gluten to induce extra-intestinal auto-immune pathology; 5) the demonstration that the interruption of assumption of gluten interrupts the production of diabetes related autoantibodies; 6) finally, the study of the history of wheat as regards the history of coeliac disease in the world.

Translated title of the contributionA rundown of the facts (and words) in six items
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)11-13+8
JournalMedico e Bambino
Issue number7 SUPPL.
Publication statusPublished - Sep 30 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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