Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist and celiac disease expert Joseph Murray, M.D., discusses a recent article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine that examined the risk of lymphoma in people with celiac disease and whether or not the healing of a patient's intestine predicted this risk.
Two key takeaways of this study mentioned by Dr. Murray include:
- Healing is not universal in people with celiac disease. While there are many factors that could contribute to this, perhaps as many as 50-60% of people do not heal their intestine by two years after going on a gluten-free diet.
- Following up with a biopsy may be helpful to determine a patient's future risk of complications.
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