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Can some sort of parasite cause the symptoms of celiac disease?

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Dr. Stevan Cordas
Internal Medicine 58 years experience
Parasites: There are all degrees of gastrointestinal manifestations with celiac patietns. Some are even latent. A number of intestinal parasites can cuase symptoms that produce similar symptoms but testing can seperate the two problems. One could even have both.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Giardia lamblia: Giardia lamblia, a single call protozoan (think paramecium) parasite is found in fresh water. It takes up residence in the small intestine causing symptoms mimicking celiac disease. The organism may be detected in a stool specimen. Sometimes endoscopy is necessary for diagnosis. Treatment is curative.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Could it happen such that a parasite cause the symptoms of celiac disease?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Yes: If you mean abdominal symptoms and diarrhea then the answer is "yes.".
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A 64-year-old female asked:

What is celiac disease, what are it's causes and symptoms?How is it diagnosed?

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Reaction to gluten: Celiac disease is a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy. The damage is due to a reaction to eating gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats. Symptoms include diarrhea (or even constipation) and bloating. Blood test can look for special antibodies and biopsy can confirm.
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Are there mild symptoms of celiac disease?

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Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 32 years experience
Yes: Sometimes when very mild, celiac can be asymptomatic in fact. Usually the mild symptoms consists of mainly bloating and vague abdominal discomfort.

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