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Recommendation ID: CG86/2
Question: How reliable are serological tests compared with intestinal biopsy in detecting early coeliac disease?
Page: 61
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Evidence of the presence of coeliac disease can be suggested by the finding of highly specific and sensitive antibodies to tissue transglutaminase and to endomysium. Confirmation of the presence of intestinal damage revealed by the histological examination of small-intestinal biopsies remains the traditional method of making the diagnosis. The sensitivity of this investigation has rarely, if ever, been formally investigated. With increased use of serological tests for coeliac disease it has become evident that some people with positive coeliac autoantibodies have apparently normal small-intestinal histology. Some such people are, nonetheless, symptomatic and have gluten-sensitive malabsorption. Early detection of coeliac disease may be important to prevent long-term complications, Therefore longitudinal studies are needed to determine whether serological markers are superior and can reliably detect early coeliac disease before intestinal damage occurs.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance: Coeliac disease
Number: CG86
Date issued: May 2009

Research needed into:

Effectiveness of treatment: No
Cost of treatment: No
Implementation of treatment: No
Quality of life: No
Methods of research: No

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research?: No
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?: No
Recommendation priority: Unrated
Recommendation status: Research Pending
Notes: 0
Date this record updated: 30-04-2010

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