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Is celiac disease always associated with malnutrition?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
No: Celiac disease is an autoimmune reaction to certain proteins in wheat, other grains. Can cause gas, bloat, cramps, pain, diarrhea. Can also cause weight loss (or gain if "eating around the problem"), iron deficiency with or w/o anemia, osteoporosis, other. Symptoms may be mild or not. See md, rd, get examined, appropriate lab tests.
Dr. Anlin Xu
Dr. Anlin Xuanswered
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Not always: Malnutrition can happen if someone's celiac dis is severe and long enough. Especially with fat soluble vitamins. The treatment of celiac dis is avoiding gluten. If the patient can do that strictly, the small intestine's absorption area returns to normal looking and normal function. The malnutrition will eventually go away.

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Is celiac disease always associated with severe malnutrition?

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Dr. Manav Singla
Allergy and Immunology 23 years experience
No: People with celiac suffer from a wide range of severity of symptoms. Yes, some are malnurished. Others have mild intermittent abdominal pain, some have fatigue and yet others have rashes as their main problem.

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