International Journal of Celiac Disease
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International Journal of Celiac Disease. 2019, 7(1), 9-12
DOI: 10.12691/ijcd-7-1-3
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The Underdiagnosed Enemy: Africa Goes Celiac?

Lerner Aaron1, , Lopez Francois1, Schmiedl Andreas1 and Matthias Torsten1

1AESKU.KIPP Institute, Wendelsheim, Germany

Pub. Date: February 26, 2019

Cite this paper:
Lerner Aaron, Lopez Francois, Schmiedl Andreas and Matthias Torsten. The Underdiagnosed Enemy: Africa Goes Celiac?. International Journal of Celiac Disease. 2019; 7(1):9-12. doi: 10.12691/ijcd-7-1-3

Abstract

Celiac disease incidence is continuously increasing worldwide and in Africa, where a clear North to South gradient is apparent. At least in the Maghreb region, the disease features resemble its European neighbors, but some aspects are completely different. The present review highlights the underdiagnosis and the inadequate nutritional therapy for celiac disease patients and summarizes the local special circumstances that should be address to coop with the contemporary load and future burden of the disease.

Keywords:
celiac disease incidence Maghreb Africa wheat HLA burden

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