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Establishment of prevalence of coeliac disease based on serum IgA-class t-Tgase antibody positivity in randomly selected population samples of adults

Establishment of prevalence of coeliac disease based on serum IgA-class t-Tgase antibody positivity in randomly selected population samples of adults in 4 different European Member States ( Finland, Germany, Italy and Ireland), and in children in 2 Member States (Ireland and Italy.

The aim of the Coeliac-EU Cluster Epidemiology was to establish the prevalence of coeliac disease and tissue transglutaminase antibody positivity in four European countries using a large population-based screening approach. This study confirm the prevalence of coeliac disease in Europe. Average prevalence 1:100.

Howerver, the study showed that there are true differences among populations. Coeliac disease is five to ten times less frequent in Germany than in Finland, Italy or Northern Ireland, UK.

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UNIVERSITY OF TAMPERE
Kalevantie 4
33014 TAMPERE
Finland
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