'Silent' coeliac common in close relatives

Children should be screened regularly to ensure growth not affected: expert

Almost half of close relatives of a patient with coeliac disease are found to have the condition when tested, a US study finds.

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Mayo Clinic researchers recommend parents, siblings and children also be tested, after their study has shown that 44% of first-degree relatives turned out to have the condition.

Nearly all of them had atypical symptoms or no symptoms at all.

Senior study author Dr Imad Absah, a paediatric gastroenterologist of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said this rate was higher than his team had expected.

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