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By Jenifer Goodwin
HealthDay Reporter

C-Sections May Raise Celiac Disease Risk in Offspring

But study found no link between cesarean births, other inflammatory
bowel conditions

Posted: May 18, 2010

TUESDAY, May 18 (HealthDay News) -- Children born by cesarean section
may be more likely to develop celiac disease, a chronic digestive
disorder, than children born vaginally, new research finds.

Researchers analyzed data on almost 2,000 children seen at
gastrointestinal outpatient clinics for celiac disease, Crohn's
disease, ulcerative colitis and other gastrointestinal diseases, and
compared their rates of C-section vs. vaginal delivery to children who
had not been diagnosed with any gastrointestinal conditions.

Compared to children born vaginally, children delivered by C-section
were 80 percent more likely to develop celiac disease.

"We did not find any association with the inflammatory bowel diseases,
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis," said lead study author Dr.
Mathias Hornef of Hannover Medical School in Germany. "We did see a
moderate but significant association with celiac disease."

People with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder, have an abnormal
immune reaction to gluten, the protein found in wheat, barley and rye.
This leads to inflammation and damage to the lining of the small

The study is published in the June issue of Pediatrics.

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