Importance of measuring Bone Mineral Density in Adult Coeliac Disease Patients

  • K K Desai Specialist Registrar, Dept. of Gastroenterology, City Hospitals Sunderland, UK
  • R K Desai
  • D I Hobday


This study was conducted with an aim to confirm the presence of osteoporosis in patients proven to be suffering from Coeliac Disease and compare present practice in the hospital against the guidelines suggested in the published literature. Information was obtained by retrospective analysis by reviewing notes of 73 patients with coeliac disease, who are registered in the database of a busy Gastroenterology Department of Sunderland Royal Hospital. Of the total of 73 patients, 54 patients underwent a DEXA scan at diagnosis and the Osteoporosis (WHO defined criteria of T score below 2.5 SD the mean adult) was detected in 15(27.3%) of them. 6 of the 15 patients detected to have osteoporosis were less than 53 years of age. Osteoporosis is common in patients with coeliac disease, and need regular monitoring for osteoporosis, as they are at significant risk of developing it.

Keywords: Osteoporosis, Coeliac Disease, Bone Mineral Density.

Internet Journal of Medical Update Vol. 2 (2) 2007: pp. 5-9

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