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NICE calls for wider use of blood tests to diagnose coeliac disease

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 20 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5660
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

GPs should offer a blood test to anyone who has symptoms of coeliac disease or who is at increased risk of the condition, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended.1 Doctors should ensure that people have been following a gluten containing diet for at least six weeks before the test.

Coeliac disease affects around 530 000 people in England but is currently underdiagnosed, NICE said. …

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