Celiac disease primarily affects the small intestine, which is about 25 feet long. When celiac disease affects the duodenal bulb, the topmost part of the duodenum, it is diagnosed as ultra-short celiac disease. A recent study, published in Gastroenterology, found that a single biopsy of the duodenal bulb significantly increases the diagnostic yield for celiac disease. Dr. Joseph Murray, M.D., explains the prevalence and clinical implications of ultra-short celiac disease.
Read the full study online here.
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Dr. Murray is a gastroenterologist and celiac disease expert at Mayo Clinic.