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A 23-year-old female asked:

why would celiacs disease cause raynaud's phenomenon?

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Dr. Le Wang
Dr. Le Wanganswered
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Auto-immune: The direct evidence for causal relationship between celiac disease and Raynaud is lacking or we don't know. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease. Secondary Raynauds is also an autoimmune condition. A person with Raynaud’s is thus more likely to have celiac disease than that in the general population by a poorly defined immune mechanism.
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Uncertain, but: It is known that celiac dz is associated w autoimmune diseases (antibodies against one's own tissues, eg diabetes-I).A letter in the Scandinavian Journal of Rheum in 2010 reported evidence of scleroderma-like activity in celiac disease. Raynaud's is found in cases of scleroderma, an auto-immune disease that causes scarring that can impede blood flow to fingers. 2010, Vol. 39, No. 5 , Pages 438-43

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If my baby always cries after eating wheat cereal, does he have celiac disease?

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Dr. Nanette Nuessle
Specializes in Pediatrics
Not necessarily: You haven't told me if your baby cries after other foods. Also, wheat allergy, which is not the same as celiac disease, can cause the same symptoms. It is important to distinguish between the two, as treatment can be different. Celiac disease is diagnosed by specific blood tests. It involves testing for antigliadin antibodies. This is different from the blood tests for food allergies.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How are gluten intolerance and celiac disease different?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Celiac is an allergy: Celiac disease is gluten allergy, a strong allergic reaction to gluten (a protein in grains such as wheat, barley, malted barley, rye, spelt, etc...). Gluten intolerance is not an allergic reaction, but an intolerance of gluten that leads to tummy symptoms such as gassiness, bloating, loose stools, etc... Gluten intolerance does not cause damage to the intestinal lining like celiac disease does.
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
The NIH considers "gluten intolerance" a synonym for Celiac disease. Celiac disease damages the intestinal lining and can cause physical symptoms such as cramping, diarrhea and lead to malabsorption / malnutrition. Persons can also have allergic antibodies (IgE) to wheat without having celiac disease. Treatment is avaoidance.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

Is celiac disease considered an autoimmune disease?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: Celiac disease (celiac sprue, gluten allergy) is a strong allergic reaction to gluten, a protein seen in grains such as wheat, rye, barley, etc... Technically speaking, the reaction is not a typical food allergy reaction, but is an abnormal immune system reaction that causes inflammation and damage to the lining of one's own small intestine.
A 21-year-old member asked:

I have celiac disease, can a rotavirus infection cause complications?

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Dr. Ihor Zakaluzny
General Surgery 38 years experience
No: Not if you are on a strict gluten free diet. The virus will do its own usual trouble in an otherwise healthy bowel.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how common gluten intolerance and celiac disease are?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Maybe 1% (1 in 100): The exact prevalence (percentage of people in the population with the disease) of celiac disease is not certain. Some people estimate the number to be about 1%, or 1 out of every 100 people. Gluten intolerance is not true celiac disease, and the number of people with gluten intolerance is also uncertain.

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