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J Am Geriatr Soc. 2000 Dec;48(12):1690-6.

Celiac disease in older people.

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  • 1Department of Geriatric Medicine, St Vincent's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.


In recent years, there has been increasing recognition that the classical textbook presentation of celiac disease with a malabsorption syndrome and a flat jejunal mucosa is only part of a broad spectrum of clinical and histological features associated with gluten sensitivity. Diagnosis of this treatable condition is often delayed or missed because of a failure to appreciate that celiac disease can present at any age and that symptoms are often subtle and not clearly related to gastrointestinal disease. Nonspecific symptoms and nutritional deficiencies are especially common in older patients and may not always be investigated thoroughly. Use of serological screening tests has improved ease of detection of celiac disease in patients without classical symptoms.

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