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Can celiac disease cause irritable bowel syndrome?

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Dr. Nicole Bressler
8 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Not likely: Celiacs occurs because of an allergic reaction to gluten. This reaction destroys the cells in your small intestine that absorb nutrients from your food. Ibs occurs when your digestive tract is not moving food along the way it should, giving you diarrhea, constipation or both. Celiacs may seem like ibs because they have similar symptoms. But one does not cause the other.
Answered on Apr 15, 2016
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