The role of ultrasonography in patients with celiac disease

Mirella Fraquelli, Valentina Sciola, Chiara Villa, Dario Conte

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The aim of the present review was to summarize the current evidence on the role of ultrasonography (US) and doppler-US in the diagnosis of celiac disease. Several ultrasonographic signs have been reported in the association with celiac disease in studies using real-time US. Firstly, case control studies identified some of these US signs and then in a prospective series some of these parameters, due to their high specificity, have been shown to be of value in confirming CD diagnosis, whereas others, due to their high sensitivity, have been demonstrated to be useful in excluding the presence of the disease. The pattern of splanchnic circulation in CD have extensively been investigated by several studies all of which reported similar results and identified a hyperdynamic mesenteric circulation that reverts to normal values after successful a gluten-free regimen. The last part of this review will deal with the possible role of US in identyfing the most severe and common intestinal complication of CD, i.e. the enteropathy-associated T cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1001-1004
Number of pages4
JournalWorld Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Feb 21 2006


  • Celiac disease
  • Ultrasonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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