Gastroenterology

Childhood exposure to systemic antibiotics linked to celiac disease




Exposure to systemic antibiotics in the first year of life may be a risk factor for later development of celiac disease, according to results of an observational study published in Gastroenterology.
Stine Dydensborg Sander, MD, PhD, of Hans Christian Andersen Children’s Hospital in Denmark, and colleagues wrote that researchers have started looking at the gut microbiota as a potential pathogenesis for autoimmune diseases like celiac disease, particularly early in life.
“The gut microbiota evolves dramatically in the first years of life and stabilizes at 2 to 3 years of age,”

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