The frequency of the celiac disease among children with familial Mediterranean fever

Sahin Y., Adrovic A., Barut K. , Kutlu T., Cullu-Cokugras F., Sahin S. , ...More

MODERN RHEUMATOLOGY, vol.27, pp.1036-1039, 2017 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/14397595.2016.1270497
  • Title of Journal : MODERN RHEUMATOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.1036-1039


We aimed to assess the frequency of celiac disease (CD) in patients with Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF). This prospective study was carried out from October 2015 to March 2016 and included 303 patients with FMF. We used 98 sex- and age-matched healthy subjects as a control group. Levels of total IgA and tissue transglutaminase (tTG) IgA antibody were measured in all groups. Those with increased level of tTG IgA were tested for anti-endomysium IgA antibodies (EMA). Patients with positive EMA underwent gastro-duodenoscopy and intestinal biopsy for a definite diagnosis of CD. Only 9 of 303 patients (2.9%) were positive for tTG IgA. Patients positive for tTG IgA were then tested for EMA and only one of them (0.3%) had a positive result. This patient underwent gastro-duodenoscopy. The pathological report was compatible with Marsh 0 classification score for the diagnosis of CD. Two subjects from the control group were positive for tTG IgA but none of them had positive EMA antibodies. We did not find CD in the large cohort of childhood FMF patients. The prevalence of CD did not show association with presence of childhood FMF in this study and CD would not be a considerable complication of childhood FMF.