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The role of small bowel follow-through examination in the diagnosis of coeliac disease

J B Masterson, E C Sweeney
British Journal of Radiology 1976, 49 (584): 660-4
A retrospective study of 105 barium follow-through examinations on 102 patients suspected of having malabsorption syndrome has been carried out to assess the usefulness of this technique in the diagnosis of coeliac disease. Comparison with histological and biochemical data has been made. Of the 34 examinations on 31 patients with a proven diagnosis of coeliac disease, 30 examinations showed both abnormal X-ray and biopsy findings, two examinations showed normal X-ray appearance but abnormal jejunal biopsy and two showed normal jejunal histology but abnormal X-ray findings. There were two cases with sensitivity, non-invasive nature, ease and cheapness of the technique, barium follow-through examination is suggested as the initial investigation in patients suspected of coeliac disease.

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