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Screening for Celiac Disease
by Rick Alan
The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are usually administered to people without current symptoms, but who may be at high risk for certain diseases or conditions.
In the US, children are generally not screened for celiac disease. In countries where celiac disease is more common, children are routinely screened for the disease. For example, in Italy, children are screened for celiac disease by age 6. The Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research recommends the following:
Screening for celiac disease involves testing for the antibodies to gluten.
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Last reviewed December 2017 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daus Mahnke, MD
Last Updated: 12/20/2014
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