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Monatsschr Kinderheilkd. 1993 Jul;141(7):577-80.

[Williams-Beuren syndrome in combination with celiac disease].

[Article in German]

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Klinik für Allgemeine Pädiatrie, Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel.


At age 5 years coeliac disease was diagnosed in a boy with Williams-Beuren syndrome. Gastrointestinal symptoms may be similar in both disorders. Short stature, not only in comparison to the normal population but also in comparison to syndrome-specific growth standards, and failure to thrive led to the diagnosis coeliac disease. During the first year of dietetic therapy the boy showed marked weight gain, catch-up growth and a normalisation of red blood count. Gliadin-IgG antibodies and endomysium-IgA antibodies who were positive before treatment were no longer detectable. Our case demonstrates that syndrome-specific growth standards are helpful even though the combination of Williams-Beuren syndrome with a second disorder is very unlikely (Williams-Beuren syndrome and coeliac disease are to be expected in 1:13.7-1:25 millions).

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