Coeliac disease in children of short stature without gastrointestinal symptoms

Eur J Pediatr. 1986 Aug;145(3):185-6. doi: 10.1007/BF00446061.


Eighty-seven children with short stature (height more than 2 SD below the mean for age and sex) were investigated by small intestinal biopsy. There was no obvious reason for their growth retardation found by routine examination and they had no gastrointestinal symptoms. Coeliac disease was found in two children and probable coeliac disease in two children. Although the prevalence of coeliac disease was comparatively low in this study of Swedish children with short stature, it emphasizes the fact that coeliac disease must be considered in a child with short stature even in the absence of gastrointestinal symptoms.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Biopsy
  • Body Height*
  • Celiac Disease / diagnosis*
  • Celiac Disease / pathology
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Intestine, Small / pathology
  • Male