A 59-year-old female asked:
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i have celiac disease and am about 20 pounds underweight. i am gluten and dairy free but remain severly thin. will my intestines heal at my age of 54?

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Dr. Corey Clay
9 years experience Allergy and Immunology
See below: For celiac disease, the intestines completely heal in the absence of gluten (95% of the time). In 5%, however, enteropathy is refractory to gluten avoidance and may be caused by underlying immune dysregulation (constitutive IL-15 production by epithelial cells for example). Other potential causes for difficulty in gaining weight should be considered too. To begin, an EGD needs to be repeated soon
Answered on Apr 16, 2018
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