The perspective of celiac disease patients on emerging treatment options and non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

Greuter, Thomas; Schmidlin, Sandra; Lattmann, Jaqueline; Stotz, Matthias; Lehmann, Romina; Zeitz, Jonas; Scharl, Michael; Misselwitz, Benjamin; Pohl, Daniel; Fried, Michael; Tutuian, Radu; Fasano, Alessio; Schoepfer, Alain M; Rogler, Gerhard; Biedermann, Luc; Vavricka, Stephan R (2017). The perspective of celiac disease patients on emerging treatment options and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Digestive and liver disease, 49(3), pp. 268-272. Elsevier 10.1016/j.dld.2016.11.016

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BACKGROUND Non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) and emerging treatment options are hot topics in the celiac disease (CeD) scientific literature. However, very little is known about the perspective on these issues of CeD patients. METHODS We performed a large patient survey among unselected CeD patients in Switzerland. RESULTS A total of 1689 patients were analyzed. 57.5% have previously heard of NCGS. 64.5% believe in the existence of this entity. Regarding a potential influence of NCGS on CeD awareness, 31.7% show a positive and 27.5% a negative perception. Patients with prior use of alternative medicine and women more often have heard of and believe in the existence of NCGS vs. those never having used alternative methods and men, respectively (66.9 vs. 56.9%, p=0.001 and 78.5 vs. 69.0%, p=0.001; 60.7 vs. 44.2%, p<0.001 and 71.0 vs. 60.8%, p=0.002). Women and patients ≥30 years more often show a negative attitude towards NCGS (32.2% vs. 24.8%, p=0.024 and 32.2% vs. 24.2%, p=0.018). With regard to emerging treatment options for CeD, 43.3% have previously heard of novel agents, more women than men (46.0 vs. 38.0%, p=0.019). CONCLUSIONS Perception of and attitude towards NCGS differ depending on sex, age and prior use of alternative medicine. Knowledge of the progress towards emerging treatment options is currently limited.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gastro-intestinal, Liver and Lung Disorders (DMLL) > Clinic of Visceral Surgery and Medicine > Gastroenterology

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Tutuian, Radu


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








Lilian Karin Smith-Wirth

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16 Feb 2017 09:31

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02 Mar 2017 01:31

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Celiac disease; Emerging treatment options; Non-celiac gluten sensitivity; Patient’s perspective




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