Celiac disease during pregnancy: to screen or not to screen?

Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2009 Jan;279(1):1-3. doi: 10.1007/s00404-008-0803-4. Epub 2008 Sep 26.


Permanent intolerance to gluten, known as celiac disease, affects both fertility and pregnancy outcomes when left untreated. Recent research on celiac disease and reproduction urge increased screening for celiac disease. While this may be beneficial for couples facing idiopathic infertility or those from particular risk groups, screening involves its own risks and expenses, and has not been consistently proven effective for the general population while pregnant. The present editorial discusses the potential advantages and disadvantages of screening during pregnancy and examines when screening may be helpful.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Celiac Disease / diagnosis*
  • Celiac Disease / diet therapy
  • Celiac Disease / metabolism
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / diagnosis*
  • Pregnancy Complications / diet therapy
  • Pregnancy Complications / metabolism