A negative fallout of COVID-19 lockdown in Italy: life-threatening delay in the diagnosis of celiac disease

The contact/movement restrictions imposed by the current COVID-19 pandemic had a deep impact on primary health care, with possible negative fallouts on even common and usually benign gastrointestinal disorders, as clearly illustrated by the clinical history we briefly summarize herein.
Source: Digestive and Liver Disease - Category: Gastroenterology Authors: Tags: Correspondence Source Type: research

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