How Growth Screenings Could Help Detect Celiac Disease In Kids

By: Laura Geggel
Published: 03/02/2015 03:15 PM EST on LiveScience

Measuring children’s height and weight as they grow can be a powerful indicator of whether they have the digestive condition called celiac disease, and may help doctors diagnose children with the disorder earlier, a new study finds.

When used together, five calculations that are done based a child’s height and weight — such as how much a child’s height varies from the average for age and gender, and how this measure changes over time — were able to detect celiac disease in 84 percent of boys and 88 percent of girls with the disorder, according to the study, published online today (March 2) in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

The findings echo other studies that have also found that children with celiac disease often weigh less and don’t grow as fast or as tall as their typical peers, the researchers said. [The Top 10 Worst Hereditary Conditions]

Furthermore, when the researchers looked back at the height of children already diagnosed with celiac disease, they found girls were shorter than expected for two years before they were diagnosed, and boys were shorter for one year before their —> Read More Here


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