HLA-DQ typing in the diagnosis of celiac disease

OBJECTIVE:More than 95% of celiac patients share the major histocompatibility complex II class human leukocyte antigen (HLA) DQ2 or DQ8 haplotype; patients negative for both types are unlikely to suffer from celiac disease. Our aim was to investigate whether HLA-DQ2 and -DQ8 typing is helpful when diagnosis is uncertain because of the absence of unequivocal… CONTINUE READING