A milligram of gluten a day keeps the mucosal recovery away: a case report

Nutr Rev. 2004 Sep;62(9):360-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.2004.tb00062.x.


In recent years it has been suggested that patients with celiac disease can be adequately followed up on the basis of merely clinical and serological response to a gluten-free diet. Thus, a duodenal biopsy some months after commencement of a gluten-free diet would no longer be necessary. We report here the case of a celiac patient in whom the ingestion of a milligram of gluten every day for 2 years prevented histological recovery in spite of satisfactory clinical and serological response. The literature regarding the minimal amount of gluten that could be harmless to celiac patients is reviewed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Celiac Disease / diet therapy*
  • Celiac Disease / pathology*
  • Diet, Protein-Restricted / methods
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Female
  • Glutens / administration & dosage*
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Mucosa / pathology*
  • Patient Compliance*
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Glutens