Meet Pediatric Gastroenterologist Anthony Porto, MD, MPH, FAAP

Meet Pediatric Gastroenterologist Anthony Porto, MD, MPH, FAAP


– My interest, especially,
is in celiac disease and children who have
difficulty gaining weight. I think it’s a disease that we’re becoming more
knowledgeable about. We hear about the gluten-free diet a lot, but about 1% of the
population has celiac disease, where in the United States,
about 28 to even 33% of patients are following
a gluten-free diet. So I take my role seriously
in to figuring out who really medically needs the diet, educating about the diet itself, and what is good about the diet, and what potential vitamins you may miss by being on the diet. And because for every one child we have with celiac disease that we know about, there’s about 25 out there
that we don’t know about. So I think it’s a really great disease, to sort of see these kids when they come to you
for symptoms of diarrhea, poor weight gain, and then you sort of see how they become a different
as they are healing because of the change in diet.

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