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What is coeliac disease?

- = a gluten enteropathy; T cell mediated reaction to gliadin


Pathophys of coeliac disease

- Gluten peptides, e.g. gliadin, are deamidated by free tissue transglutaminase (tTG)
- These deamidated peptides bind to HLA DQ2 or DQ8, present in most CD patients (80-90%)
- This activates cytotoxic T cells -> Abs produced -> epithelial damage


Histopath features of coeliac disease

- villous atrophy and crypt hyperplasia
- increased number of plasma cells and lymphocytes in lamina propria
- increased intraepithelial lymphocytes
- Most severe in proximal bowel


What is the relationship between HLA DQ2/DQ8 and coeliac disease?

- 30-40% caucasians carry DQ2/DQ8, but <3% of these develop CD (so there must be an interplay for pathophys)


What other conditions can coeliac disease be associated with?

○ Dermatitis herpetiformis
○ Epilepsy
○ Myopathy
○ Depression
○ Paranoia
○ Infertility
○ Bone fractures /metabolic bone disease

- Thyroid disease
- T1DM
- Addison's


What vitamin deficiencies can you develop with coeliac disease?

iron, Ca, folic acid > vitamin B12 (bc of proximal bowel)


Dx by?

- Usually have small bowel (duodenal) biopsy for Dx:
• 1st biopsy - evidence of villous atrophy with gluten diet
• Follow up biopsy - evidence of villous improvement without gluten

- Adequate gluten needed for 6 weeks


Aside from the GS Dx Ix, what other Ix could you do for coeliac?

- FBE and blood smear: microcytic anaemia (rare to have folate and vitamin B12 deficiencies leading to macrocytic anaemia)

- Serology:
- IgA-tTG and anti-gliadin Abs
○ High specificity and sensitivity
- EMA (endomysial antibody)
- IgA deficient pts have false negative - so measure serum IgA concomitantly (via serum protein electrophoresis)


Future risk with coeliac disease of...?

• Intestinal lymphoma
• Carcinoma e.g. small bowel and colon


In which foods is gluten found?

- Barley
- Rye
- Oats (controversial): oats allowed if not contaminated by other grains
- Wheat