Evaluation of eye involvement in paediatric celiac disease patients

Dereci S., Asik A., Direkci I., Karadag A. S. , HIZLI Ş.

International Journal of Clinical Practice, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume:
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/ijcp.14679
  • Title of Journal : International Journal of Clinical Practice
  • Keywords: celiac disease, choroidal thickness, eye, Pediatric, retinal nerve fiber layer


© 2021 John Wiley & Sons LtdBackground: The non-classic presentation of paediatric celiac disease (CeD) becomes increasingly common in daily practice, which requires an awareness of eye findings. The purpose of this study was to evaluate eye involvement and effect of gluten-free diet on ocular involvement in paediatric CeD patients by measuring the thicknesses of choroid and ganglion cell complex (GCC) composed of retinal nerve fibre layer, ganglion cell layer and inner plexiform layer using enhanced depth imaging optical coherence tomography. Methods: Forty-three CeD patients aged between four and 16 years (mean age: 9.9 ± 4.1, 12 boys and 31 girls) and 48 healthy children (mean age: 11.3 ± 4.1,17 boys and 31 girls) were compared. Following comprehensive eye examinations, thicknesses of choroid at three points and GCC layers (retinal nerve fibre layer at five points, ganglion cell layer and inner plexiform layer) were obtained using enhanced depth imaging optical coherence tomography. Measurement of thicknesses of choroid and GCC layers by a trained optical coherence tomography technician and an ophthalmologist who were not aware about group of children in paediatric CeD patients with 1 year gluten-free diet was carried out. Results: All layers of subfoveal, nasal and temporal choroid were significantly thinner in CeD than in the control group (P <.001, all, respectively). No significant difference was observed between the CeD and control groups in terms of GCC thicknesses (P >.05, all, respectively). Conclusion: Paediatric CeD caused thinning of subfoveal, nasal and temporal areas of choroid, and this change is apparent even after 1 year gluten-free diet. This eye involvement should be more closely screened at diagnosis, and long-term clinical results of thin choroid should be determined. Thicknesses of GCC layers were not different in CeD group and may reveal the effect of diet or not involvement.