A member asked:

Help please! is celiac disease always associated with severe symptoms and malnutrition?

5 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. Amy Deeken answered

Specializes in Pathology

Celiac disease can be associated with many chronic symptoms like joint pain, anxiety, migraines, abdominal pain, skin disorders, infertility, constipation, reflux, mouth ulcers and neuropathy.

Answered Apr 21, 2013



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Dr. Martin Fried answered

Specializes in Nutrition

celiac disease can be hidden- or latent- and not associated with severe disease and symptoms or malnutrition. It depends on the individual's immune system and the antibodies it produces in response to gluten. It can be quantified by testing for antibodies and by an endoscopy to look at the degree of intestines that are affected. It can be graded as minimal to severe.

Answered Mar 18, 2015


Dr. Ernest Fischer answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

It can sometimes be found incidentally when working up other conditions like osteoporosis or iron deficiency. It always can cause decreased nutrient absorption, but depending on duration and eating habits, it may or may not lead to malnutrition.

Answered Sep 28, 2014



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