Adult coeliac disease within a defined geographic area in Sweden. A study of prevalence and associated diseases

Scand J Gastroenterol. 1988 Oct;23(8):1000-4. doi: 10.3109/00365528809090160.


An epidemiologic study of coeliac disease in a geographically defined area of Sweden showed that the prevalence was 95.5/10(5) inhabitants aged 15 years or more. The highest prevalence, 178/10(5) inhabitants, was found in the age group 65-74 years. The lowest prevalence, 39/10(5) inhabitants, was found in patients aged 15-24 years. Among the associated diseases an especially high incidence of associated thyroid disease was observed: thyrotoxicosis occurred in 5.0% and hypothyroidism in 5.8% of the patients.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Celiac Disease / complications
  • Celiac Disease / diagnosis
  • Celiac Disease / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Sweden