Child growth and coeliac disease . . . and other stories

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5196 (Published 16 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5196

Early growth in children with coeliac disease

A cohort study in Norway measured the growth of nearly 60 000 children on six occasions during the first two years of their lives (Arch Dis Child doi:10.1136/archdischild-2016-31230). This allowed investigators to look back at the early development of the 440 children who were later diagnosed with coeliac disease. They found that differences in growth rates emerged long before any gastrointestinal symptoms became apparent. As a group, the children with coeliac disease had been shorter from 12 months old and lighter from 18 months.

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