Celiac Disease Screening Falls Behind Current Guidelines
Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News report.
Population based-screening is not practical due to the limited prevalence of celiac disease, but guidelines set forth by the American College of Gastroenterology and American Gastroenterological Association recommend that patients presenting with symptoms such as chronic diarrhea, weight loss, postprandial abdominal pain or steatorrhea should undergo routine testing.
A study presented at Digestive Disease Week found that of 616 patients treated during a three-month period at Washington University's GI Center, 336 met the requirements for screening. Of these patients only 43.4 percent underwent screening for the disease.
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