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

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Dr. Stevan Cordas
56 years experience Internal Medicine
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.
Answered on May 6, 2018
Dr. Steven Machtinger
43 years experience Allergy and Immunology
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.
Answered on Mar 7, 2017
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