What is the role of radiography in the diagnosis of celiac disease?

Updated: Jul 25, 2019
  • Author: Stephan U Goebel, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Radiographic evaluation of the small bowel after barium ingestion is helpful in making a diagnosis of untreated celiac disease. Abnormal radiographic findings can include dilatation of the small intestine, a coarsening or obliteration of the normally delicate mucosal pattern, and fragmentation or flocculation of the barium in the gut lumen.


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