What will be the adult height of coeliac patients?

E. Cacciari, G. R. Corazza, S. Salardi, M. G. Pascucci, M. Tacconi, A. Cicognani, D. Tassinari, G. Biasco, U. Volta, R. Lazzari, G. Gasbarrimi

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We studied three groups of patient with coeliac disease: group 1=95 adult patients with gastro-intestinal symptoms diagnosed after reaching adult height, 41 of whom had had symptoms during childhood; group 2=23 adult patients with classic coeliac disease treated before or during puberty; group 3=11 coeliac children with short stature and no gastro-intestinal symptoms diagnosed and treated before or during puberty. We evaluated the adult height in groups 1 and 2 and the growth during the first years of diet in group 3. Our study leads us to the following conclusions. Dieting leads to a modest increase (on average not more than 3 cm) of the final height of coeliac patients. Subjects with gastro-intestinal symptoms who have been treated before adulthood reach a mean height similar to the normal population and have a slightly better adult height than non-treated subjects. This difference seems to exist only in men and this might be related to puberty evolving more rapidly in women receiving treatment. Subjects without symptoms during childhood reach a normal final height even without treatment. In our patients, early treatment seemed to have no great effect on adult height.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407-409
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1991


  • Coeliac disease
  • Final height
  • Growth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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