More celiac disease in kids with irritable bowel
A new study in JAMA concludes that celiac disease is more common in children with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
A group of 782 children with abdominal problems were analyzed for celiac: 270 had IBS, 201 had functional dyspepsia and 311 had functional abdominal pain. After undergoing blood tests, 15 children tested positive for celiac. Twelve of those with celiac were part of the IBS group, two from the functional dyspepsia group and one from the functional abdominal pain group. Celiac in children with IBS was four times higher than in the general population of children.
These results may help with testing of celiac disease and identifying IBS in children.
It's estimated that about 1 percent of the people in European countries have celiac disease.