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European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 145, Issue 3, pp 185–186 | Cite as

Coeliac disease in children of short stature without gastrointestinal symptoms

  • L. Stenhammar
  • S. P. Fällström
  • G. Jansson
  • U. Jansson
  • T. Lindberg
Original Investigations

Abstract

Eighty-seven children with short stature (height more than 2 SD below the mean for age and sex) were investigated by small intestinal biopsy. There was no obvious reason for their growth retardation found by routine examination and they had no gastrointestinal symptoms. Coeliac disease was found in two children and probable coeliac disease in two children. Although the prevalence of coeliac disease was comparatively low in this study of Swedish children with short stature, it emphasizes the fact that coeliac disease must be considered in a child with short stature even in the absence of gastrointestinal symptoms.

Key words

Coeliac disease Short stature 

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© Springer-Verlag 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Stenhammar
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • S. P. Fällström
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • G. Jansson
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • U. Jansson
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • T. Lindberg
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.The Department of PaediatricsCentral HospitalNorrköpingSweden
  2. 2.The Department of PaediatricsCentral HospitalMölndalSweden
  3. 3.The Department of PaediatricsUniversity HospitalLinköpingSweden
  4. 4.The Department of PaediatricsCentral HospitalJönköpingSweden
  5. 5.The Department of PaediatricsCentral HospitalHelsingborgSweden

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