With 5 Million people affected in the European Union, celiac disease (CeD) is one of the most common chronic diseases in children and adults. Although reliable serology markers allow easy and inexpensive testing, many patients remain undetected and unnecessarily suffer from symptoms and potential long-term health consequences. One of the reasons for the low diagnostic rate is that CeD may present with a wide variety of symptoms and is, therefore, named as a clinical chameleon.
If a patient is identified and the guidelines are followed, the diagnosis is usually straightforward. However, it’s important to know about the pitfalls and unreliable tests in order to prevent misdiagnosis.
The treatment for CeD is a strict and life-long gluten-free diet, which is very effective but also has major impact on the patient’s daily life, eating habits and psychological wellbeing.
We invite you to learn more about this common food induced disease in order to identify celiac patients who will benefit from a gluten-free diet.