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Dr. John Chiu
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Celiac Disease (Overview)

A disease caused by an immune system reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye.


Dr. John Chiu
649 doctors shared insights

Celiac Disease (Overview)

A disease caused by an immune system reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye.


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What sort of disease is celiac disease?

What sort of disease is celiac disease?

Celiac Disease: Celiac disease is an auto-immune IgA antibody problem where your own antibodies are attacking the enzymes that break down the products of gluten. It is not a food allergy! that is why mayo clinic labs check IgA levels before even running the other tissue specific tests. ...Read more

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Constipation, celiac disease?

Constipation, celiac disease?

Constipation celiac: Celiac disease may have no GI symptoms, and may present with fatigue and anemia, bur classical symptoms are pale loose and greasy stools and weight loss, abdominal pain and cramps and distension, ulcers in the mouth.It can lead to lactose intolerance and may give symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome like constipation alternating with diarrhea, but it is not that common presentation. ...Read more

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What is the official definition of celiac disease and what is the range of symptoms?

What is the official definition of celiac disease and what is the range of symptoms?

Celiac disease: Also called gluten intolerance or gluten-sensitive enteropathy is a disease in which the villi of the small intertines are damaged by an abnormal immune response to a grain protein (gluten) present in wheat, rye, barley and oats. Damage to villi results in malabsorbtion of nutrients and result in belly pain, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, wgt. Loss, poor growth, dermatitis herpetiformis & more. ...Read more

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How can you get tested for celiac disease?

How can you get tested for celiac disease?

Small bowel biopsy: Celiac disease is suspected when individuals have signs or symptoms of malabsorption or malnutrition. Small intestinal biopsy is considered the most accurate test for celiac disease. Small intestinal biopsies can be obtained by performing an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (egd). ...Read more

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Is celiac disease contagious?

Is celiac disease contagious?

No: Celiac disease is not contagious, but it is familial and hereditary. It is a type of immune system disorder in which a person reacts strongly to the protein "gluten", found in grains such as wheat, barley, malted barley, rye, etc... ...Read more

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How does celiac disease cause nutrient absorption?

How does celiac disease cause nutrient absorption?

Harms sm. intestine: Celiac disease leads to inflammation and damage of the lining of the small intestine, which causes decreased absorption of nutrients, vitamins, iron, etc... The intestinal lining loses its microscopic "villi", which are tiny protrusions that maximize the absorptive surface area needed to absorb nutrients. A patient gets diarrhea, anemia, lactose intolerance, tummy aches, irritable bowels, etc... ...Read more

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Celiac disease. How do you get diganosed?

Celiac disease. How do you get diganosed?

Blood tests: In symptomatic patients with a suspicion of celiac disease, i order a tissue transglutaminase blood test. It has a very good sensitivity and specificity. ...Read more

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Is fatigue a symptom of celiac disease?

Is fatigue a symptom of celiac disease?

Fatigue & celiac.: The quick answer is yes, fatigue can be caused by celiac disease as the malabsorption of carbohydrates causes dehydration and reduces the intake of the body's main energy substrate. But many other things can cause fatigue, too. ...Read more

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Is celiac disease serious?

Is celiac disease serious?

Can be: Think of the digestive tract as an assembly line where food comes in, is reduced to its parts, then moved into the body where the parts can be re-assembled into usable material.In celiac, the protein allergy injures the gut, reducing the ability to move any parts into the body.If the injury is bad enough you waste away and remain sickly. By avoiding the gluten, the body can heal & the system work ...Read more

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How do symptoms of celiac disease differ from age of onset?

How do symptoms of celiac disease differ from age of onset?

Varied: The symptoms of celiac disease are quite varied. However, failure to thrive (failure to gain weight) is a common symptom in child who are diagnoses with celiac disease. Other symptoms of and pain, diarrhea and nutrient deficiencies can be seen in different age groups. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of celiac disease?

What are the symptoms of celiac disease?

Usually diarrhea: Celiac disease, among its many manifestations, may result in diarrhea. Simplistically, exposure of intestine to gluten causes inflammation of affected gut lining, with a decrease in absorptive surface of that gut, & resulting malabsorption of food. The best & most enduring fix is to avoid eating gluten. Serum tissue transglutaminase antibody can help determine how successfully gluten is avoided. ...Read more

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How can you treat gluten intolerance and celiac disease?

How can you treat gluten intolerance and celiac disease?

Avoidance: Currently, the only treatment for celiac disease and gluten issues is to eliminate gluten containing foods (wheat and other grains) from the diet completely and indefinitely. ...Read more

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Is it possible for itching to be a sign of celiac disease?

Is it possible for itching to be a sign of celiac disease?

Yes: There's an itchy skin condition called dermatitis herpetiformis that occurs in about 1/4 of the people with celiac disease. Of all the people with dermatitis herpetiformis, about 85% have celiac -- and it may be the only symptom of celiac they have. When gluten is removed from the diet, the skin problem often goes away. ...Read more

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Is celiac disease associated cancer?

Is celiac disease associated cancer?

Yes: Celiac disease, especially if one has symptoms or small intestine inflammation/damage, does increase one's risk of small intestine cancer (adenocarcinoma, lymphoma). The increased risk may go to normal if one stays on a completely gluten free diet and stops having intestinal symptoms for many years. Celiac disease is not a risk factor for stomach cancer, according to the american cancer society. ...Read more

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What types of foods contain gluten?

What types of foods contain gluten?

Wheat, rye, barley: Wheat, rye, barley, and conventional oats contain gluten. Some hidden sources of gluten may be pizza, dressings, seasoning, spices, muffins, baked goods, gravy, pasta, bread and bread crumbs, waffles, semolina, soups and some potato chips. ...Read more

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Would CT scan of chest abdomen and pelvis with contrast help diagnosis of celiac disease?

Would CT scan of chest abdomen and pelvis with contrast help diagnosis of celiac disease?

Doubt it: If any irregularities in the intestinal wall were found, it would be just that, irregularities. Their presence would suggest a problem but the overlap with other possible conditions would make the information inconclusive. A normal study would also not rule out the condition. ...Read more

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Is Crohn's disease hereditary?

Is Crohn's disease hereditary?

Yes: Crohn's disease is hereditary, but that does not mean if you have crohn's your child will automatically get it. The risk of a child getting crohn's from a parent is less than 10%. The risk does go up if both parents have inflammatory bowel disease. ...Read more

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