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Special outpatient department for celiac disease

Ao. Univ. Prof.in Dr.in Leyli Kazemi-Shirazi

Senior Physician

Reachability: Checkpoint 7i, red bed building

Appointment Phone: +43 (0)1 40400-47500 or -47295
or E-Mail: post_akh_ls_7i@akhwien.at

Business hours: Monday - Friday by appointment 

This special outpatient department has been offered since 1991 and enjoys frequent referrals, both from resident doctors with special questions on the subject of celiac disease and from other hospitals. Most recently, around 1300 patients with celiac disease were cared for here, making it by far the largest adult celiac disease outpatient clinic in Austria. Since the prevalence of celiac disease in Europe is likely to be between 1:100 or even 1:50, the need will increase significantly in the future. In particular, a new form of gluten intolerance has been recognized in recent years, the so-called non-celiac celiac disease (NCGS), which is to be distinguished from celiac disease.

In this special outpatient department, both initial clarifications in the differential diagnosis of celiac disease and follow-up examinations are offered. Control examinations are carried out non-invasively with endomysial antibodies, tissue transglutaminase antibodies, antigliadin antibodies, sucrose permeability test or invasively with small intestine biopsy (gastroscopic). In addition, secondary deficiency symptoms (vitamins, etc.) and bone density are checked if necessary. 

Furthermore, patients are offered family screening, dietary advice and monitoring on a gluten-free diet at 1-2 year intervals. Cooperation with clinical pathology has developed very fruitfully in recent years, and it is now possible to define clear histological criteria and staging and often to lead misdiagnosed patients to the correct diagnosis. The FDGT-PET scan (with SUV) was established for the early diagnosis of intestinal lymphoma in refractory celiac disease and there is a cooperation with oncology