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Follow up Study of Coeliac Disease

Br Med J 1968; 3 doi: (Published 06 July 1968) Cite this as: Br Med J 1968;3:7
  1. P. E. Mortimer,
  2. J. S. Stewart,
  3. A. P. Norman,
  4. C. C. Booth


    In 9 out of 10 adults in whom a diagnosis of coeliac disease had been made in childhood, the diagnosis was confirmed by the finding of a flat intestinal mucosa. None showed abnormal physical signs, but three had a haemoglobin concentration below 10 g./100 ml. and all those not receiving folic acid supplements showed low serum folate levels. Five had moderate to severe symptoms at the time of investigation, but none was receiving treatment with a gluten-free diet.

    Periodic investigation of these patients may be necessary throughout life, and if they are found to have malnutrition they should be treated with a gluten-free diet.