A New Breath Test for Paediatric Coeliac Disease
Dr Roger Yazbek
Almost 1% of Australian children suffer with coeliac disease, with a large number still going undiagnosed. Current methods for the detection of coeliac disease are costly and invasive, leading to delays in diagnosis. New tests are needed that are non-invasive, rapid, and more suitable for a paediatric setting. We have developed a new, stable-isotope breath test that may detect the intestines ability to break down gluten. We will conduct a pilot study of this breath test in children with and without coeliac disease to provide proof-of-concept data for future, large scale clinical studies.