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what is refractory celiac disease?

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Dr. David Miller
10 years experience Family Medicine
Hard to treat: "refractory" is a fancy medical term for something that is hard to treat. In other words, the disease is not getting any better using standard treatment. In this case, it's talking about celiac disease, or gluten intolerance.
Answered on Dec 19, 2017
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Dr. Amy Deeken
20 years experience Pathology
Symptoms return: Refractory celiac disease is when symptoms of celiac disease return and are persistent even on a gluten free diet. Patients should be evaluated by their gastroenterologist to make sure the symptoms are not related to unknown gluten exposure from "hidden gluten" or the early signs of intestinal lymphoma.
Answered on Dec 19, 2017
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