European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 147, Issue 2, pp 188–191

Effects of a gluten-free diet on catch-up growth and height prognosis in coeliac children with growth retardation recognized after the age of 5 years

  • F. De Luca
  • M. Astori
  • E. Pandullo
  • C. Sferlazzas
  • T. Arrigo
  • A. Sindoni
  • G. Magazzù
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DOI: 10.1007/BF00442220

Cite this article as:
De Luca, F., Astori, M., Pandullo, E. et al. Eur J Pediatr (1988) 147: 188. doi:10.1007/BF00442220

Abstract

The effects of a gluten-free diet on catch-up growth and predicted height were evaluated in 12 children with coeliac disease diagnosed after the age of 5 years and followed for 2–5.5 years. In the majority of the patients, height and bone age were retarded at the time of diagnosis. Under a gluten-free diet growth velocity, age-related height, predicted height and relative bone age increased, height for bone age slightly decreased. In four patients the predicted height remained below the target height, indicating incomplete catch-up growth.

Key words

Coeliac diseasePredicted heightTarget heightCatch-upGrowth-gluten-free diet

Abbreviations

CD

coeliac disease

CA

chronological age

BA

bone age

TH

target height

PH

predicted height

H

height

SDS

standard deviation score

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • F. De Luca
    • 1
  • M. Astori
    • 1
  • E. Pandullo
    • 1
  • C. Sferlazzas
    • 1
  • T. Arrigo
    • 1
  • A. Sindoni
    • 1
  • G. Magazzù
    • 1
  1. 1.Istituto di Clinica PediatricaPoliclinico UniversitarioMessinaItaly