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Antibiotic Exposure and Celiac Disease

By: Peter Olins, PhD on January 31, 2014.

Most people do not develop celiac disease. Why? The actual triggers remain elusive, but since patients with celiac disease have altered bacteria in their intestines, one idea is that prior antibiotic treatment might be part of the trigger. This study involved over 2000 Swedish patients with celiac disease, and found a slightly increased level of antibiotic use prior to diagnosis, compared to the general population. It is still too soon to make a cause-and-effect conclusion, though.

Journal Article: K Marild et al.

Published in: BMC Gastroenterology 2013, 13:109 doi:10.1186/1471-230X-13-109

Read more: full-text research article → Antibiotic exposure and the development of coeliac disease: a nationwide case–control study

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