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can a abnormal liver blood test result be an sign of celiac disease?

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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
Celiac disease: Abnormal liver function testing is not a common feature of celiac disease.
Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 23 years experience
yes it can indeed - in up to a 1/5 of patients, CD is associated with elevation of liver function tests which can normalize with GFD. there is also a higher rate of other autoimmune diseases of the liver that can present in pts with CD. so this definitely needs to be checked out further.
Jul 7, 2014

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