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Journal:   HEPATITIS MONTHLY   JANUARY 2011 , Volume 11 , Number 1 (30); Page(s) 40 To 40.
 
Paper: 

COMMENTARY ON THE ARTICLE: ARE HEPATITIS B VIRUS AND CELIAC DISEASE LINKED?, LETTER TO EDITOR

 
 
Author(s):  ZINGONE F., CIACCI C.*
 
* DEPARTMENT OF CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL MEDICINE, VIA SERGIO PANSINI, 5 80131, NAPLES, ITALY
 
Abstract: 

The recent paper from Leonardi and La Rosa (2010) aimed to establish the prevalence of celiac disease (CD) in patients with chronic hepatitis B (HBV) infection (1). Previous studies suggest that chronic hepatitis C (HCV) could trigger immunological gluten intolerance in susceptible patients (2). This hypothesis, however, is not yet supported by sufficient scientific evidence. Similarly, the possible induction of CD in patients treated with interferon (IFN) therapy is supported in literature only by case reports (3). Moreover, CD affects as much as 1% of the general population (4). and it is possible that the association described in some papers is the result of incidental findings in a population most studied for the underlying disease. Although the study by Leonardi and La Rosa (2010) was unable to disclose any association between CD and HBV infection, it represents an interesting starting point...

 
Keyword(s): CELIAC, HEPATITIS B VIRUS
 
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