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Prognosis In Early Adult Life Of Coeliac Children Treated With A Gluten-Free Diet

Wilfrid Sheldon
The British Medical Journal
Vol. 2, No. 5654 (May 17, 1969), pp. 401-404
Published by: BMJ
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20376391
Page Count: 4
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Abstract

Long-term follow up of 57 young adults with coeliac disease diagnosed in childhood showed that 13 had relapsed clinically and had resumed a gluten-free diet. Of the remainder, who were taking a normal diet and were apparently normal, 19 had low serum folate levels and 11 low serum iron levels. Pregnancy was found particularly likely to provoke an overt relapse. Only six patients were found to be stunted in height, while the menarche had occurred within the average range. The study also confirmed the very low present-day mortality rate of coeliac disease in childhood, which at the Hospital for Sick Children in London has been 0.4% between 1951 and 1968. In view of the finding that childhood coeliac disease usually persists, even though not causing symptoms, it is suggested that the use of a gluten-free diet should be lifelong.

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