International Journal of Celiac Disease
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International Journal of Celiac Disease. 2016, 4(2), 74-76
DOI: 10.12691/ijcd-4-2-8
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Unusual Presentation of Celiac Disease in a Toddler from a Pediatric Surgery Unit

Laura Mihaela Trandafir1, Oana Teslariu1, Smaranda Diaconescu1, , Magda Iorga1, Ingrith Miron2, Ioan Sârbu3 and Iulia Carmen Ciongradi3

1Department of Pediatric, "Grigore T. Popa" University of Medicine and Pharmacy - Iasi, Romania

2Department of Pharmacology, "Grigore T. Popa" University of Medicine and Pharmacy - Iasi, Romania

3Department of Pediatric Surgery and Orthopedics,"Grigore T. Popa" University of Medicine and Pharmacy - Iasi, Romania

Pub. Date: May 28, 2016

Cite this paper:
Laura Mihaela Trandafir, Oana Teslariu, Smaranda Diaconescu, Magda Iorga, Ingrith Miron, Ioan Sârbu and Iulia Carmen Ciongradi. Unusual Presentation of Celiac Disease in a Toddler from a Pediatric Surgery Unit. International Journal of Celiac Disease. 2016; 4(2):74-76. doi: 10.12691/ijcd-4-2-8


Celiac disease is an intestinal autoimmune disease induced by the ingestion of gluten proteins (wheat, rye, barley) in genetically susceptible individuals. Celiac disease can present with gastrointestinal or extraintestinal manifestations (malabsorbtion, diarrhea, constipation, liver, skin or bones disorders). We present the case of a 14-months-old girl admitted for altered general condition and symptoms of intestinal occlusion (severe abdominal pain, absence of feces, abdominal distension), with associated severe malnutrition. History revealed chronic diarrhea and a lactose intolerance diagnosed 3 months prior to admission. The biochemical and imaging investigations excluded any acute surgical pathology. The serological tests showed high values of anti-tissue transglutaminase antibodies. The intestinal biopsy confirmed celiac disease. In children with suspicion of intestinal obstruction associated with a history of diarrhea or constipation and failure to thrive, testing for celiac disease should be considered.

celiac disease children anti-tissue transglutaminase antibodies Pediatric Surgery Unit

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