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CHILDREN’S DIAGNOSIS: WHAT’S NEXT

Does your child with coeliac disease need a follow-up biopsy? Accredited Practising Dietitian and health expert Penny Dellsperger shares her advice.

By Penny Dellsperger
Does your child with coeliac disease need another biopsy? Not usually, unless there are ongoing symptoms.
Regular follow-ups are important to monitor progress

DOES MY CHILD WITH COELIAC DISEASE NEED A FOLLOW-UP BIOPSY?

Not usually. If your child has been diagnosed with coeliac disease and is following a strict gluten-free diet, has no troubling symptoms, is growing well, has good nutrient levels and their coeliac antibodies have returned to the normal range, it is very likely they have achieved good healing of their small intestine and a repeat gastroscopy to confirm healing is not required. 

A repeat gastroscopy may be important if your child has ongoing symptoms, persistently abnormal antibody levels or low nutrients, or other issues requiring further investigation. Regular follow-up is always important to monitor progress.

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