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Celiac disease is characterized by life-long gluten intolerance. Clinical features of patients with celiac disease (CD) are variable but studies about the prevalence of celiac disease in our country are scarce. Following the application of simple serological tests for the diagnosis of CD in the 1980s, it gradually became clear that the prevalence of CD in different countries in the Middle East, North Africa and India is almost the same as that in Western countries.
In Iran and the rest of the world a very low index of suspicion among physicians has been resulted in under-diagnosis of CD for all these years For example, a recent study in Iran revealed that 12% of cases with a diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for many years have actually CD.

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Research Center for gastroenterology and liver diseases