New Method: Non-Invasive way to spot a child with Celiac Disease

Spain: Simplified non-invasive blood tests allow physicians determining as to whether child is suffering from celiac diseases. This is condition where smaller intestines are hyper-sensitive to gluten thereby posing difficulties in digesting foods. Methods being developed by scientists at University of Granada (UGR) in Spain do not need personnel experienced (it should be interpreted by doctors).

It is quick (10 minutes), less invasive and economic (10-12 euros per device) than blood extractions. Celiac diseases are systemic diseases being caused by intolerance permanent to gluten (being found in rye, wheat and barley) thereby affecting ones with pre-dispositions genetically. Symptoms have been extra-digestive (joint pain, cephalalgia and skin problems) and intestinal (pain abdominally, malabsorption, diarrhoea and distension abdominally).

Silent celiac diseases are those that go unnoticed to eyes of physicians since it has symptoms minor. It is imperceptible for patients even. For diagnosing celiac diseases 3 things are needed: clinically symptomatology, antibodies of celiac disease assessment present in bloods and historical studies compatible through intestinal biopsies. This was told by scientist.

Goals of researches were assessing prevalence of celiac silent diseases amongst children in age groups or 2 to 4 years. For such purposes, doctors used newer devices that allowed detection of auto-antibodies (disease markers) being present in capillary bloods of patients. Punctures in fingers are done. Drop of bloods are taken. Pink line appears in case of positive results.

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