Josephy Murray, M. D., discusses a recent paper published in Archives of Diseases in Childhood that proposes a scenario of screening children with iron deficiency anemia for celiac disease.
Why is this case study interesting? Iron is absorb in the upper part of the small intestine, which is the same part that is damaged through having celiac disease. When the upper part of the small intestine is damaged, iron can't be absorb properly. This can lead to anemia.
Children don't routinely have their hemoglobin levels checked. This makes diagnosing anemia or celiac disease difficult. If a child presents with anemia and it seems to be due to iron deficiency, then celiac disease should be considered among the potential causes. The tests performed for this diagnosis are simple antibody blood tests. The child should go on to have an endoscopy only if there is a positive blood test.
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Dr. Murray is a gastroenterologist and celiac disease expert at Mayo Clinic.