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Associated conditions

  • Coeliac disease is associated with an increased risk of developing other autoimmune conditions including Type 1 diabetes and autoimmune thyroid disease.

The NICE (2015) guideline for the ‘Recognition, assessment and management of coeliac disease’ has reviewed the research evidence regarding coeliac disease and possible related conditions and has recommended who should be screened for coeliac disease. 

There is evidence that coeliac disease has an increased prevalence in people with:

  • Type 1 diabetes
  • autoimmune thyroid disease.

It is therefore recommended that anyone diagnosed with these conditions are offered testing for coeliac disease.

It is also recommended to consider testing for coeliac disease in people with:

  • Down's syndrome
  • Turner syndrome

There are many other autoimmune conditions which have not been listed by NICE with which there may be a link and we are aware that research continues to explore coeliac disease and possible related conditions. However, more research is needed before recommendations can be made regarding people with other autoimmune conditions and whether they should be screened.

Dermatitis Herpetiformis is the skin manifestation of coeliac disease. Further information is available on our website.

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