Objective: The aim of the study was to investigate whether celiac disease (CD) could be the cause of chronic diarrhea in Chinese patients.
Patients and Methods: During the period of January 2005 to December 2008, patients with chronic diarrhea in pediatric hospitals from 4 major cities (Shanghai, Wuhan, Jinan, and Chengdu) in China were included in the study. The clinical history, physical findings, and laboratory data were collected and analyzed.
Results: Among 199 patients with chronic diarrhea, 118 were enrolled in the study. Fourteen (11.9%) were diagnosed as being affected by CD.
Conclusions: The 14 patients are the first reported cases of CD in Chinese patients with chronic diarrhea.
*Department of Pediatrics, Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, Shanghai
†Department of Gastroenterology, Qilu Children's Hospital, Shandong University, Jinan, Shandong
‡Department of Gastroenterology, Wuhan Children's Hospital, Wuhan, Hubei
§Department of Gastroenterology, Chengdu Children's Hospital, Chengdu, Sichuan, China.
Address correspondence and reprint requests to Xu Chun-di, Department of Pediatrics, Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, China (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Received 16 July, 2010
Accepted 19 April, 2011
The present study is partly supported by the IPSEN Fund.
The authors report no conflicts of interest.