A study published in the October issue of the European Journal of Internal Medicine found that celiac disease is very common amongst patients who show symptoms of Irritable Bowel Disease (IBS).
The study was conducted by researchers at Ankara University Medical School and evaluated patients with symptoms of IBS by admistering the Biocard Celiac Disease Test, the finger prick test kit for celiac disease. Patients who tested positive received an endoscopic small intestine biopsy to confirm the diagnosis of celiac disease.
The researchers confirmed that two of the 100 IBS patients had elevated levels of celiac disease-associated antibodies and were able to confirm the diagnosis with the biopsy. The researchers said that bot haptients went on a gluten-free diet and in turn showed improvement in their symptoms at follow-up. As a result of their findings, the researchers suggested that patients with IBS criteria should also be screened for celiac disease.