Morphologic spectrum of gluten-related disorders: how far to go?
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We read the letter written by Barbara Zanini, Anna Bozzola, and Vincenzo Villanacci regarding our paper titled “Discriminant value of IEL counts and distribution pattern through the spectrum of gluten sensitivity: a simple diagnostic approach” , with great interest. We are glad to see that our paper has incited a pleasant discussion among experts in which we would like to participate and clarify certain points raised by Zanini et al. in their letter.
Ours was a retrospective study, so we do not know whether the non-celiac IELosis group corresponds to NCGS, as the diagnosis depends on the exclusion of the other causes of IELosis together with response to GFD followed by a single or double-blind placebo-controlled gluten challenge . It seems likely, however, that some of our cases may indeed be NCGS, based on their symptoms, negative serology, and normal or mildly increased IEL counts in the duodenal biopsy . Nevertheless, we did not compare the histology of...
Ayca Kirmizi and Arzu Ensari wrote together the manuscript and gave final approval for publication.
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