Prevalence of celiac disease in patients with severe food allergy.

Highlights: This study was conducted by an Italian pediatric allergy clinic. They compared the rate of undiagnosed celiac disease in three groups of children – severe IgE mediated food allergy (requiring oral immunotherapy), mild IgE mediated food allergy (developed tolerance naturally) and healthy controls. Children with mild allergy had similar prevalence to healthy controls (1%), but children with severe allergy had a prevalence of 4 – 5%. Twelve out of the thirteen children diagnosed with celiac disease were asymptomatic.

Application to Dietetic Practice:  These findings suggest that children with severe food allergy should be screened for celiac disease.

Pub Med ID – 26179550

Posted in: Fall2015-Research