Coeliac disease: symptoms, complications and patient support
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Coeliac disease: symptoms, complications and patient support

Susan Holmes Director of research and development, Faculty of Health and Social Care, Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune inflammatory disease of the small intestine precipitated by ingestion of gluten in genetically susceptible individuals. Simply defined as ‘gluten-sensitive enteropathy’, it is a lifelong disease, which, if untreated, is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Early diagnosis and management are important to minimise complications.

Nursing Standard. 24, 35,50-56. doi: 10.7748/ns2010.05.24.35.50.c7752

Correspondence

susan.holmes@canterbury.ac.uk

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