High prevalence of coeliac disease in a population-based study from Western Australia: a case for screening?

John K Olynyk, Digby J E Cullen, Guy Vautier, Judith A Collett, Dominic F Mallon and Chris J Hovell
Med J Aust 2002; 176 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2002.tb04421.x
Published online: 18 March 2002

In reply: We agree with Ryan that coeliac disease is common in the Australian community, with a prevalence of 1 in 250.1 Furthermore, all individuals positive for antiendomysial antibody who undergo small-bowel biopsy have typical features of coeliac disease.1 Clearly, there is a need to increase awareness relating to coeliac disease and determine appropriate screening strategies for our population.

  • John K Olynyk
  • Digby J E Cullen
  • Guy Vautier
  • Judith A Collett
  • Dominic F Mallon
  • Chris J Hovell

  • 1 Fremantle Hospital, Fremantle, WA.
  • 2 Royal Defence Medical College, Gosport, UK.



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