Zachary M. Kilpatrick, M.D.; Julian Katz, M.D.; Martin E. Gordon, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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When celiac disease is mild, intestinal absorptive function may be impaired without gastrointestinal symptoms and without abnormalities of the usual tests of absorption. Thus, celiac disease may be the cause of iron deficiency in patients who do not have clinically apparent malabsorption. We have studied two women with chronic iron deficiency anemia who did not respond to oral iron therapy and who had no abnormal blood loss. They had no gastrointestinal symptoms, and in one patient serum carotene levels and D-xylose excretion were normal. Although the clinical and laboratory evidence for celiac disease was scant, the diagnosis was made by
Kilpatrick ZM, Katz J, Gordon ME. Occult Celiac Disease as a Cause of Iron Deficiency Anemia.. Ann Intern Med. 1969;70:1085. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-70-5-1085_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1969;70(5):1085.
Celiac Disease and Malabsorption, Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Hematology/Oncology, Red Cell Disorders.
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