Celiac disease (gluten-sensitive enteropathy) is a sensitivity reaction against gluten in genetically susceptible individuals induced by the ingestion of wheat, barley, rye and oats. Clinics can be quite different and variable in celiac disease. Because wide variety of clinical presentations, most patient considered with other diseases and treatment. The aim of this study is to determine the interval from the beginning of the symptoms to the time of diagnosis.
Materials and Methods: This study was conducted with 113 celiac disease patients at Ankara Training and Research Hospital Gastroenterology Polyclinic regardless of the age limit. The time of diagnosis, symptoms and the length of time from the start of the symptoms to the time of diagnosis were questioned.
Results: The mean age of the patients was 36.83±14.59, the mean time from the start of symptoms to the diagnosis was 29.1±57.11 months and the length of time for diagnosis in males and women were 22.13±36.75 and 32.36±64.54 months respectively.
Conclusion: The mean duration from the onset of symptoms to the time of diagnosis in celiac disease is 2.5 years. Early and accurate diagnosis of the celiac disease will prevent from unnecessary effort for diagnosis and provide financial gain.