Indian Journal of Gastroenterology

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 130–132

Assessment of sexual maturity in a cohort of adolescents with celiac disease on gluten-free diet

Authors

    • Department PediatricsLady Hardinge Medical College and Associated Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital
  • Praveen Kumar
    • Department PediatricsLady Hardinge Medical College and Associated Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital
  • Rajesh Kumar
    • Department PediatricsLady Hardinge Medical College and Associated Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital
  • Sharandeep Kaur
    • Department PediatricsLady Hardinge Medical College and Associated Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital
  • Srikanta Basu
    • Department PediatricsLady Hardinge Medical College and Associated Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital
  • Ashok Kumar Dutta
    • Department PediatricsLady Hardinge Medical College and Associated Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital
Short Report

DOI: 10.1007/s12664-012-0202-4

Cite this article as:
Mishra, K., Kumar, P., Kumar, R. et al. Indian J Gastroenterol (2012) 31: 130. doi:10.1007/s12664-012-0202-4

Abstract

Delayed sexual maturation is a known complication of celiac disease (CD). There is paucity of data regarding the effect of gluten-free diet (GFD) on sexual maturity in patients with CD in India. We did a cross-sectional observational study to assess the sexual maturity in 30 adolescents with CD on GFD for at least 1 year, and evaluated factors which affect their sexual maturity. Sexual maturation was assessed using Tanner’s stages of sexual development. All adolescents had completed 2 years of GFD and 53 % had completed 4 years of GFD. Sexual maturation was delayed in 30 %. Age at initiation of GFD was associated with attaining appropriate sexual maturity (p = 0.048). We conclude that delayed sexual maturation is not uncommon in adolescents with CD and may be corrected by early diagnosis and initiation of GFD.

Keywords

AdolescentCeliac diseaseSexual maturity

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