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  • Ylonen, Venla; Lindfors, Katri; Repo, Marleena; Huhtala, Heini; Fuchs, Valma; Saavalainen, Päivi; Musikka, Alex; Laurila, Kaija; Kaukinen, Katri; Kurppa, Kalle (2020)
    Non-biopsy diagnosis of celiac disease is possible in children with anti-transglutaminase 2 antibodies (TGA) > 10x the upper limit of normal (ULN) and positive anti-endomysial antibodies (EMA). Similar criteria have been suggested for adults, but evidence with different TGA assays is scarce. We compared the performance of four TGA tests in the diagnosis of celiac disease in cohorts with diverse pre-test probabilities. Serum samples from 836 adults with either clinical suspicion or family risk of celiac disease were tested with four commercial TGA assays, EmA and celiac disease-associated genetics. The diagnosis was set based on duodenal lesion or, in some cases, using special methods. 137 (57%) patients with clinical suspicion and 85 (14%) of those with family risk had celiac disease. Positive predictive value (PPV) for 10xULN was 100% in each TGA test. The first non-diagnostic investigations were encountered with ULN 1.0x-5.1x in the clinical cohort and 1.3x-4.9x in the family cohort, respectively. Using the assays' own cut-offs (1xULN) the PPVs ranged 84-100%. Serology-based diagnosis of celiac disease was accurate in adults using different commercial kits and pre-test probabilities using 10xULN. The results also suggest that the ULN threshold for biopsy-omitting approach could be lower.
  • Virta, Johannes; Hannula, Markus; Tamminen, Ilmari; Lindfors, Katri; Kaukinen, Katri; Popp, Alina; Taavela, Juha; Saavalainen, Päivi; Hiltunen, Pauliina; Hyttinen, Jari; Kurppa, Kalle (2020)
    The often poorly orientated small-bowel mucosal biopsies taken for the diagnostics of celiac disease and other intestinal disorders are prone to misinterpretation. Furthermore, conventional histopathology has suboptimal sensitivity for early histopathological changes observed in short-term challenge studies. X-ray microtomography (micro-CT) is a promising new method for accurate imaging of human-derived biological samples. Here, we report that micro-CT could be utilized to create virtual reconstructions of endoscopically obtained intestinal biopsies. The formed digital 3D images enabled selection of always optimal cutting angles for accurate measurement of the mucosal damage and revealed diagnostic lesions in cases interpreted as normal with conventional histomorphometry. We also demonstrate that computer-assisted point cloud analysis can be used to calculate biologically meaningful surface areas of the biopsies in different stages of mucosal damage with excellent replicability and correlation with other disease parameters. We expect the improved diagnostic accuracy and capability to measure the surface areas to provide a powerful tool for the diagnostics of intestinal diseases and for future clinical and pharmaceutical trials.