[Prevalence of celiac disease in diabetic children and adolescents].Rev Med Chil 1998; 126(3):293-5RM
Celiac disease is more common in patients with insulin dependent diabetes than in the general population.
To detect celiac disease in diabetic children and adolescents.
PATIENTS AND METHODS
IgA antigliadin, IgG antireticulin and IgG antiendomysium antibodies were measured in 67 diabetic children (35 female), aged between 4 and 18 years old.
Only one male adolescent, aged 18 years old, without gastrointestinal symptoms, had a significant elevation of antireticulin and antiendomysium antibodies. His intestinal biopsy showed subtotal villous atrophy, consistent with celiac disease.
The prevalence of celiac disease in these diabetic children is 1:67 (1.5%). Similar figures have been reported elsewhere.