Monday, March 01, 2010

A more accurate diagnostic tool for celiac disease.... 

One of the reasons celiac disease is under-diagnosed is that biopsies may miss damaged tissue in patients with who do not yet have a severe case. But now, according to the Celiac.com newsletter, there may be a way to get a more comprehensive picture of autoimmune damage....

Using Endocytoscopy to Perform Live Real-time Imaging of Human Duodenal Mucosal Structures in Celiac Disease

As a person who had normal biopsy results but who improved significantly on a gluten-free diet, I think this is great news. We'll be able to catch the ailment earlier and avoid years of mis-diagnosis. The sooner the diagnosis, the less permanent damage and the better quality of life, which is a win-win for the patient.

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