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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 14, Issue 11, Pages 915-918
Original Article

Increased Prevalence of Celiac Disease in Girls with Turner Syndrome Detected Using Antibodies to Endomysium and Tissue Transglutaminase

PM Gillett,1,4 HR Gillett,3,5 DM Israel,1 DL Metzger,2 L Stewart,2 J-P Chanoine,2 and HJ Freeman3

1Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital, Canada
2Division of Endocrinology, British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital, Canada
3Division of Gastroenterology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
4Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
5Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Received 23 May 2000; Revised 30 October 2000

Copyright © 2000 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


OBJECTIVE: To establish the prevalence of celiac disease (CD) in girls with Turner syndrome (TS) in British Columbia.

METHODS: Forty-five girls with TS were prospectively screened for CD using blinded testing with the current ’gold standard’ - immunoglobulin A (IgA) endomysium antibody (EmA) and the novel IgA tissue transglutaminase antibody (tTG). Those with positive results were offered small bowel biopsies, and a gluten-free diet was recommended if CD was confirmed.

RESULTS: One asymptomatic prepubertal East Indian girl was positive for EmA, had an elevated tTG concentration of 560 U/mL and histological evidence of CD. Seven girls were negative for EmA but had elevated tTG concentrations (175 to 250 U/mL); five were white, one was Asian and one was East Indian. Small bowel biopsies were performed on three girls, and the histologies were normal. The remaining four patients declined biopsy.

CONCLUSIONS: One girl with TS was identified with CD from 45 screened, giving an overall biopsy-confirmed prevalence of 2.2%. This study confirms previous observations placing girls with TS at higher risk for CD and suggests a similar high prevalence in British Columbia.