A 49-year-old member asked:
how does celiac disease affect the small intestine?
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Dr. Robert Kwok answered
32 years experience Pediatrics
Food malabsorption: Celiac disease leads to inflammation and damage of the lining of the small intestine, which causes decreased absorption of nutrients, vitamins, iron, etc... The intestinal lining loses its microscopic "villi", which are tiny protrusions that maximize the absorptive surface area needed to absorb nutrients. A patient gets diarrhea, anemia, lactose intolerance, tummy aches, irritable bowels, etc...
Answered on Feb 9, 2020
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