HISTOLOGICAL OUTCOME OF DUODENAL BIOPSIES IN PATIENTS WITH CLINICALLY SUSPECTED CELIAC DISEASE - A STUDY OF 100 CASES
Duodenal Biopsies in Celiac Disease
Objective: To see the histological outcome of duodenal biopsies done in patients clinically suspected of celiac
Study Design: Prospective descriptive study.
Place and Duration of Study: Histopathology Department, Army Medical College Rawalpindi, from 1 Jan 2017 to
30 Jun 2017.
Material and Methods: One hundred (100) cases were included in the study. Duodenal biopsies done in patients
clinically suspected of celiac disease were included in the study. Inadequate biopsies were excluded from the
study. All the normal and abnormal histological features were noted to make the diagnosis. Data was entered and
analyzed by using SPSS version 17.
Results: Duodenal biopsies of 100 patients, done in clinically suspected cases of celiac disease were analyzed
histologically. Out of these 100 cases, 46 cases (46%) showed histological features consistent with celiac disease,
while 38 cases (38%) revealed chronic non specific duodenitis, 2 cases (2%) were of giardiasis, while 14 biopsies
(14%) were unremarkable with no significant pathology.
Conclusion: A significant number of cases clinically suspected of celiac disease may not be showing histological
features consistent with celiac disease on duodenal biopsies. Due to the changing presentation of disease, as well
as the recognition of a number of potential clinical and histopathological mimics, communication between
pathologists and gastroenterologists is essential for appropriate interpretation of duodenal biopsy specimens.