According to a recent article from Celiac.com, researchers are now proposing a new Staging model (similar to cancer stages) for Refractory Celiac patients which provides greater accuracy of prognosis. The new model looks at various prognostic factors and places patients into one of three stages at the time of diagnosis. Keep reading if you want the bad news for Refractory Celiac Disease (RCD).
- Stage One - Patients' 5-year survival rates of between 93% and 100%.
- Stage Two - Patients' 5-year survival rates of between 80% and 65%.
- Stage Three - Patients' 5-year cumulative survival rates of between 25% and 0%.
For those of you out there with Celiac but not with RCD, here is yet another warning to strictly follow your Gluten Free Diet for life. To me, RCD is what life would be like for the Celiac patient who decided to not follow a Gluten Free Diet. Either would result in the same high rate of mortality.