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Arch Dis Child 87:293-296 doi:10.1136/adc.87.4.293
  • Acute paediatrics

Coeliac disease and liver dysfunction

  1. S Davison
  1. Paediatric Liver and GI Unit, St James’s University Hospital, Leeds, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr S Davison, Consultant Paediatric Hepatologist, Paediatric Liver and GI Unit, St James’s University Hospital, Beckett Street, Leeds LS9 7TF, UK;
    suzanne.davison{at}lth.nhs.uk
  • Accepted 28 May 2002

Abstract

The spectrum and pathogenesis of liver dysfunction in coeliac disease (CD) is reviewed. CD and liver disease share common risk factors, and consequences of CD may cause liver dysfunction. Liver dysfunction should be sought in CD, and its aetiology explored when abnormalities persist after gluten exclusion. CD should be excluded in patients with unexplained liver dysfunction before being labelled “cryptogenic”.

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