Evaluation of a point-of-care test based on deamidated gliadin peptides for celiac disease screening in a large pediatric population
Celiac disease (CD) is nowadays known to be a common chronic enteropathy that is becoming a growing public health concern. Yet, it is estimated that more than 90% of patients remain undiagnosed. A point-of-care diagnostic test can be a rapid and cost-effective solution in the first-line screening of CD. The aim of this study is to evaluate the performance of a novel point-of-care screening test in a large pediatric population.
Materials and methods:
Serum samples were collected from a cohort of 250 children presenting either an increased risk or a clinical suspicion of CD. All sera were tested using the point-of-care test detecting IgA and IgG antibodies against a combination of three different deamidated gliadin peptides as well as total IgA. The results of the screening test were compared with an enzyme-linked tissue transglutaminase immunosorbent assay and with histology resulting from intestinal biopsies performed in patients with elevated titers of antitissue transglutaminase antibodies.
The point-of-care test showed highly concordant results with the laboratory immunoassay, yielding a sensitivity of 93.1 (78-98.1%) and a specificity of 95% (91.2-97.2%), with a diagnostic accuracy of 94.8% (91.3-96.9%) and a negative predictive value of 99.1% (96.6-99.7%). The screening test identified all patients with celiac-type histology findings on biopsy, as well as all patients with concomitant IgA deficiency.
With a high diagnostic accuracy, this novel point-of-care approach is an efficient tool for CD case finding in pediatric populations. It has the potential to improve the management of celiac patients in primary care by providing faster counseling and treatment.
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ABSTRACT: The World Gastroenterology Organization recommends developing national guidelines for the diagnosis of Celiac Disease (CD): hence a profile of the diagnosis of CD in each country is required. We aim to describe a cross-sectional picture of the clinical features and diagnostic facilities in 16 countries of the Mediterranean basin. Since a new ESPGHAN diagnostic protocol was recently published, our secondary aim is to estimate how many cases in the same area could be identified without a small intestinal biopsy. By a stratified cross-sectional retrospective study design, we examined clinical, histological and laboratory data from 749 consecutive unselected CD children diagnosed by national referral centers. The vast majority of cases were diagnosed before the age of 10 (median: 5 years), affected by diarrhea, weight loss and food refusal, as expected. Only 59 cases (7.8%) did not suffer of major complaints. Tissue transglutaminase (tTG) assay was available, but one-third of centers reported financial constraints in the regular purchase of the assay kits. 252 cases (33.6%) showed tTG values over 10 times the local normal limit. Endomysial antibodies and HLA typing were routinely available in only half of the centers. CD was mainly diagnosed from small intestinal biopsy, available in all centers. Based on these data, only 154/749 cases (20.5%) would have qualified for a diagnosis of CD without a small intestinal biopsy, according to the new ESPGHAN protocol. This cross-sectional study of CD in the Mediterranean referral centers offers a puzzling picture of the capacities to deal with the emerging epidemic of CD in the area, giving a substantive support to the World Gastroenterology Organization guidelines.BMC Gastroenterology 02/2014; 14(1):24. DOI:10.1186/1471-230X-14-24 · 2.37 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Introduction: Coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition resulting from an abnormal reaction to dietary gluten leading to small bowel villous atrophy. International prevalence studies suggest that coeliac disease affects 1% of the adult population. However, despite its high prevalence, large numbers of patients go undiagnosed. One method of increasing detection rates would be to introduce a quick screening test in the form of a finger-prick blood test. Areas covered: There are currently four available point-of-care tests (POCTs) available for use by health professionals. This diagnostic evaluation will review the evidence for the use of POCTs in coeliac disease including Simtomax a novel test for deamidated gliadin peptides and total IgA level. Expert opinion: An accurate POCT has the potential to increase the rates of diagnosis of coeliac disease if used effectively as part of a case finding approach in primary or secondary care. Evidence for the use of Simtomax is currently fairly limited only drawing comparison with laboratory serology rather than the gold standard of histology and it has only been trialled in high-risk populations. However, results to date are encouraging and further research into this area is required.Expert Opinion on Medical Diagnostics 09/2013; 7(6). DOI:10.1517/17530059.2013.836179
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