Celiac disease and Down syndrome mortality

Ludvigsson, J.F. et al .BMC Pediatrics. Published online: 31 January 2017

Image shows Down syndrome human karyotype 47,XY,+21

Image source: Wessex Reg. Genetics Centre – Wellcome Images images// CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Background: Individuals with Down syndrome (DS) have increased mortality and are also at increased risk of celiac disease (CD). It is unknown if CD influences mortality in DS. In this study we examined the risk of death in individuals with DS according to celiac status.

Conclusion: While both DS and CD have been linked to increased risk of death, this study found no excess mortality in DS patients with a concurrent diagnosis of CD, however confidence intervals were wide.

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