Is a gluten-free diet necessary in patients with potential celiac disease?

F. Biagi, J. Campanella, P. I. Bianchi, G. R. Corazza

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Abstract

Potential celiac disease is characterized by a normal duodenal mucosa despite high intraepithelial lymphocytes count and/or positive endomysial antibodies while on a gluten-containing diet. An agreement about the management of this condition is still lacking. A 68-year-old lady complaining of weight loss and epigastric pain was found to be affected by potential celiac disease. Although she maintained a gluten-containing diet, epigastric pain and weight loss disappeared. If she had started a gluten-free diet, the improvement would have been considered a demonstration of the beneficial effect of the diet. Potential celiac patients can be maintained on a gluten-containing diet providing they are closely followed up.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-389
Number of pages3
JournalMinerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica
Volume53
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007

Keywords

  • Antibodies
  • Celiac disease
  • Gluten
  • Tissue type transglutaminase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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