Difficulty in Diagnosing Celiac Disease

Diagnosing celiac disease can be a challenge

  • Nearly 3 million people in the United States are estimated to have celiac disease

  • 11 years is the average time that patients experience symptoms before being diagnosed with celiac disease

  • More than half of patients who are diagnosed with celiac disease do not present with diarrhea


Other pathologies may make accurate diagnosis even more difficult

Gastronintestinal Manifestations1
Extraintestinal Manifestations1
Populations at Higher Risk1
Diarrhea
Dermatitis herpetiformis
Type 1 diabetes mellitus
Weight loss
Iron deficiency anemia
First - and second-degree relatives
Failure to grow
Short stature
Turner syndrome
Bloating and distention
Delayed puberty
Down syndrome
Anorexia
Infertility
Williams syndrome
Constipation
Osteoporosis
Other
Other
Vitamin deficiencies
Other


Reference:

1. US Department of Health and Human Services. NIH Consensus Statement on Celiac Disease. Bethesda, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2004. NIH Consensus and State-of-the-Science Statements
; vol 21, no 1. http://consensus.nih.gov/2004/2004CeliacDisease118PDF.pdf. Published June 28-30, 2004. Accessed August 23, 2007.