Very Short Height Could Be a Telltale Sign
From Nancy Lapid, former About.com Guide
Updated December 28, 2007
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Should every short stature child be tested to see if he or she has celiac disease? The answer, according to many medical researchers, is a resounding "yes."
People are considered to be of short stature if they're among the shortest 3 to 5% of the population. Short stature can sometimes be normal, but sometimes it can be related to a medical problem -- and it's increasingly being recognized that short stature can be a symptom of celiac disease. In fact, it can sometimes be the only symptom of celiac disease.
In the December 2007 issue of the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, doctors in India who studied children with short stature reported that 15% of the children had celiac disease. Indeed, the doctors discovered that celiac d…