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what exactly is latent and silent celiac disease?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Degrees of abnormal: Latent: abnormal blood test/antibody tests, but normal biopsy and no symptoms or signs.Children diagnosed with celiac sprue as children; tolerated introduction of gluten. Can develop signs and symptoms later in life. Silent:: abnormal antibody tests, abnormal intestinal biopsy nut no signs or symptoms even on gluten diet. Can develop signs/symptoms later in life.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Celiac: Basically means you test positive for the antibodies known to cause the disease but you do not manifest any of the classic symptoms of celiac disease.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How does celiac disease cause nutrient absorption?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Harms sm. intestine: 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...
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A 24-year-old member asked:

How can I be sure that I have celiac disease?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Blood tests, biopsy: Celiac disease is diagnosed by finding certain types on antibodies on a blood test. A small intestine biopsy can be used for diagnosis. There is also a blood test to see if a person has the genes that are seen in celiac disease patients (hla-dq2 or hla-dq8 genes).
A 40-year-old member asked:

What are common complications of celiac disease?

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Dr. Randy Burgett
Dr. Randy Burgett answered
General Practice 9 years experience
Many: Celiac disease is characterized by the inability to digest foods with gluten, resulting in abdominal pain, gas, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. Complications include anemia, osteoporosis, vitamin deficiencies, autoimmune disorders, infertility, liver disease, intestinal cancers, or hypoglycemia. Early diagnosis and proper treatment with diet control can help you avoid these complications.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What are the treatment options for refractory celiac disease?

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Dr. Mark Mattar
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
Compliance is key: The first step is to make sure you are truly following a gluten-free diet. Gluten can hide in substances like beer and some pills. Consult with a dietician to make sure. If this is still a problem, consult with a gastroenterologist to perform other tests to make sure there's no other inflammatory process going on or other causes. There's a medicine called "budesonide" they may try.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Who is more likely to get celiac disease?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
If family has celiac: Persons who have relatives with celiac disease are more likely to get celiac disease (it's hereditary). The disease occurs more often in certain ethnic/racial groups because more people in those groups carry the hla-dq2 and hla-dq8 genes that "cause" celiac disease. The genes are more common in persons from northern/western europe, but are uncommon in western pacific rim populations (china/japan).

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