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Celiac disease: treat to target! Where should we aim and how do we get there?
Ivor Hill Nationwide Children’s Hospital
- Dr. Hill asserted that long-term outcomes are related to ongoing intestinal inflammation and thus our goal should be mucosal healing rather than normalized symptoms/normalized serology
At this lecture, I asked Dr. Hill what he would recommend for an asymptomatic pediatric patient with ongoing intestinal inflammation who was strictly adherent to a gluten-free diet, who had no other recognizable diseases, and who had normalized their serology on treatment. His response was that in adults that ~50% of patients improve with better attention to diet. Thus, currently besides further dietary scrutiny, it is unclear what should be done in the pediatric population should one find ongoing mucosal disease in an asymptomatic adherent patient.
My take: Until prospective pediatric studies are published to determine the frequency of ongoing intestinal inflammation in those on a strictly GFD in asymptomatic patients and until we have additional management options, it does not make sense to look for mucosal healing. “Don’t hunt what you cannot kill.”
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