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Question (05/04/2011):

Title: I am almost celiac, could be the cause of my Hashimoto's Disease? .

Dear Madam/Sir,

I've been diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease in 2005.

Since then, I've been treated with Levothyroxine (Eutirox 50) and all the time well controlled.

My last results reported Antibodies: Anti - TPO (Microsomals) >1300 Ul / mL (reference value < 60) and Anti-Thyroglobulin 54,6 Il / mL (reference value < 60).

I've recently learnt I am almost celiac.

Do you think this could be the cause of my Hashimoto's Disease?

Thank you very much in advance.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely

Vanesa

Answer:

Dear Vanesa,

According to research reported on in the medical journal Digestive Diseases and Sciences, a significant number of patients with autoimmune thyroid disease also have celiac disease.

The researchers studied 172 patients with autoimmune thyroid disease, and two control groups, and found that the 3.4% of patients with autoimmune thyroiditis had celiac disease, and the prevalence was only 0.6% and 0.25% among the control groups.

The study also found that undiagnosed celiac disease may actually be part of the process that triggers an underlying autoimmune disease.

The researchers found that the various antibodies that indicate celiac disease - organ-specific autoantibodies (i.e., thyroid antibodies) -- will disappear after 3 to 6 months of a gluten-free diet.

Hashimoto's thyroiditis or chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease in which the thyroid gland is gradually destroyed by a variety of cell and antibody mediated immune processes.

It's not clear what causes celiac disease.

While the exact cause of celiac disease is unknown, doctors have discovered that it often runs in families.

Researchers have discovered that some gene mutations seem to increase the risk of celiac disease, but having those gene mutations doesn't mean you're certain to have celiac disease.

This means that other risk factors play a role in whether you'll develop celiac disease.


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