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Study: Persistent Intestinal Damage May Increase Lymphoma Risk

The new study from the Annals of Internal Medicine indirectly bolsters previous findings that people who follow a strict gluten-free diet -- with no cheating -- have lower risks than people who cheat frequently on their diets. It also potentially argues for follow-up endoscopies and biopsies to see how healing is progressing. The researchers used data from Sweden's comprehensive medical records database. They identified 7,625 people with celiac disease who underwent repeat biopsies more than six months but less than five years after their initial diagnosis, and determined how many had persistent villous atrophy . They then tracked those to see how many developed lymphoma. A total of 43% still had villous atrophy at the time of their repeat biopsy, the study reported. The overall risk for lymphoma was higher than that in the general population, and was greater among celiacs with continuing intestinal damage than it was for those whose small intestines had healed. The risk for T-cell lymphoma was higher among people with celiac, which isn't surprising: a specific type of T-cell lymphoma, called enteropathy-associated T-cell lymphoma, or EATL, is specifically associated with celiac disease. EATL begins in the small intestine. The study didn't look at how strictly people ate gluten-free, so it couldn't determine whether cheating on the diet led to failure to heal and then to an increased risk of lymphoma. But other research has made at least a tenuous connection between those factors: <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

Celiac Disease Can Develop at Any Age

People with the atypical form experience the digestive complaints along with symptoms like anemia, fatigue, headaches, joint pain, osteoporosis, numbness or tingling in the hands or feet, or an itchy skin condition known as dermatitis herpetiformis. Asymptomatic diseaseas the name impliesis often detected accidentally during medical tests run for some other medical problem; however these patients frequently notice improvements in symptoms such as fatigue after adopting a gluten-free diet. Classic: 3 features: villous atrophy; symptoms of malabsorption, resolution of symptoms on gluten-free #abcdrbchat Lori Rosenthal, RD (@LoRoRD) June 25, 2013 Who should get tested and how is it diagnosed? Individuals with autoimmune conditions associated with celiac disease should get screened. So should people with first degree relatives who have celiac. Initial screening involves a simple blood test to check for specific antibodies produced in celiacs after theyve consumed gluten. The diagnosis is confirmed by an endoscopy and biopsy of the small intestine. Theres no reliable test for gluten sensitivity or intolerance. A doctor often makes this diagnosis when other medical conditions are ruled out. T4: The gold standard for #celiac diagnosis is the intestinal biopsy confirmed with positive serologies. #abcdrbchat Heather Wilson (@HeatherBeeV23) June 25, 2013 How do you treat celiac disease? <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

Digesting the Facts About Celiac Disease

The disease is triggered by ingesting gluten, the protein in specific cereal grains including all types of wheat, barley, and rye. Gluten-free foods are becoming more available and accessible due to the dramatic increase in rates of celiac disease, as well as other conditions that may respond to gluten-free diets. Celiac Disease on the Rise Researchers analyzed blood markers from more than 3,500 adults who participated in a two-part study conducted in 1974 and in 1989. They found that the incidence of celiac disease had doubled since 1974. The number of people with blood markers of celiac disease increased from one in 501 in 1974 to one in 219 in 1989, the study shows. The Celiac Disease Foundation states that one in of 133 people now have celiac disease. The incidence of celiac disease rose as study participants aged, which is in line with a 2008 study that showed the elderly are at greater risk for developing celiac disease. These findings challenge the commonly held belief that the loss of gluten tolerance develops in childhood. "This study says absolutely not," Fasano says. "There are situations where you can be exposed to gluten for up to 60 years, and then develop celiac disease." "You cant write this off at any age. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

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