A 40-year-old female asked:
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can untreated celiac disease cause osteoarthritis and degenerative disk disease?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Possible: Loss of calcium and bone density. With continued loss of fat in the stool, calcium and vitamin d may be lost in excessive amounts. This may result in osteomalacia, a softening of the bone that in children is also known as rickets, and loss of bone density (osteoporosis), a condition that leaves your bones fragile and prone to fracture.
Answered on Dec 3, 2013
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
There is no evidence that this rare situation occurs as a result of celiac disease.
Dec 3, 2013
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
No: No it cannot but it can cause nonspecific muscle aches and pains.
Answered on Dec 3, 2013
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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Please see this web site from mayo clinic, http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/celiac-disease/DS00319/DSECTION=complications
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