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Are Green Stools A Common Symptom Of Celiac Disease
Green=fast: Green stools could mean your food is traveling thru your GI tract faster than usual. It might be time to visit your dr and have a blood test to monitor your antibodies for celiac. If they are elevated from last test, this could mean, your diet has some gluten in it, that might be affecting the transit of your stool. Also, check your weight, and stool for fat. ...Read more
Elimination diet to test me for celiac disease and ever since on this gluten free diet my stools are green. Normal?
Elim diet: Elimination diet is not the way to test for celiac. As of 2013, the preferred way to test for celiac is an intestinal biopsy. If you suspect celiac, you should have the procedure to make the diagnosis. ...Read more
Unusual: This often means bleeding in the intestines. See a doctor immediately. ...Read more
My 10 month old son's stools smelled of vomit after I tried him with baby greek style yogurt. Does this mean he isn't ready for yogurt? I read that this smell in stools can be indicative of celiac disease so it's a little worrying. He is otherwise fine an
Healthy?: If he is healthy otherwise, you need not be concerned. If you don't like the odor of the stool from the yogurt, then you should stop feeding this to him since this is not an essential food. Celiac is related to gluten which is not present in yogurt (unless certain cereal is added). ...Read more
What are common symptoms of allergy or intolerance to wheat (not celiac disease)? How is allergy/intol determined — thru testing or elimination diet?
Intolerance/immune: Intolerance consists of any undesired effects from wheat and there is no definite test for it (other than a double-blind food challenge). Allergy to wheat often affects the guts but may cause hives, swelling, nasal congestion, and even rarely anaphylaxis. Allergy can be detected by skin testing or allergy blood test but double-blind food challenge remains the gold standard. ...Read more
Dermatitis herpetiformis is an extremely itchy rash made of bumps and blisters. The rash is chronic, which means it continues over a long period.
Dermatitis herpetiformis usually begins in people age 20 and older, although children may sometimes be affected. It is seen in both men and women.
The cause is unknown. However, dermatitis herpetiformis is frequently linked to gluten sensitivity. ...Read more
Belly aches: There are many ... Abdominal pain, cramping, diarrhea, bloated feeling. The more subtle sign might be growth delay — not growing as quickly as other kids. Also, certain kinds of rashes are subtle signs of celiac (look-up dermatitis herpetiformis). The trigger is wheat containing foods and other products. ...Read more
Typically diarrhea: Celiac disease, among its many manifestations, may result in diarrhea. Simplistically, exposure of intestine to gluten causes inflammation of affected gut lining, with a decrease in absorptive surface of that gut, & resulting malabsorption of food. The best & most enduring fix is to avoid eating gluten. Serum tissue transglutaminase antibody can help determine how successfully gluten is avoided. ...Read more
I have neutropenia but also have symptoms of celiac disease is it possible to have both of these conditions?
Giardia lamblia: Giardia lamblia, a single call protozoan (think paramecium) parasite is found in fresh water. It takes up residence in the small intestine causing symptoms mimicking celiac disease. The organism may be detected in a stool specimen. Sometimes endoscopy is necessary for diagnosis. Treatment is curative. ...Read more
Only certain cancers: Population-based studies have confirmed that patients with celiac disease are at increased risk of mortality. However, they do not seem to be at an increased risk only to lymphoproliferative malignancy (of lymph nodes) and gastrointestinal cancer. A gluten free diet may reduce those cancers, possibly reduce the increased mortality as well. ...Read more
Unlikely, but ...: Not impossible. Subclinical celiac can have few or non-traditional symptoms such as migraines, reflux, abdominal pain, ect... Celiac involvement can be patchy and skip areas, so it is possible to miss it on biopsy. Talk about celiac blood testing with you physician to completely rule out. ...Read more
Probably: No one has looked at this scientifically, as it's very difficult to measures states of mind. However, it makes sense scientifically, as immune responses going on in the body slow down the mind and make one feel generally ill. Anecdotally, I've seen folks with real celiac disease feel better overall soon after successful gluten elimination, but it won't help those without the real disease. ...Read more
Is it possible to have an allergy or sensitivity to wheat w/out having celiac disease? If so, what are the symptoms and how is it diagnosed?
Easy to get confused: Gluten-sensitive enteropathy (celiac disease--diagnosed by small bowel biopsy or serology) is much less common than gluten intolerance. Like lactose intolerance, caffeine intolerance, sorbitol intolerance (with regard to needing to restrict each respective substance), gluten intolerants do better to avoid gluten-containing foods. About 10% of the population are gluten intolerant. ...Read more
If immunosuppressed patient & have symptoms of celiac disease, how to confirm it? Especially they will have -ve IgA ttg test and almost normal biopsy!
Clinical challenge: If none of the blood tests are conclusive, biopsy is generally diagnostic. If for any reason even that is not helpful, it may be worthwhile to do a clinical trial, i. E, put the patient on gluten free diet for at least 3 months to see if there is any improvement. If there is improvement it may be challenged by re-exposing to gluten. ...Read more
Need a blood test: You can have celiac disease with no or minimal symptoms. People with asymptomatic celiac disease may have an increased incidence of autoimmune disorders and may have nutritional deficiencies. The diagnosis is easily done with blood tests. As the question has arisen, you should see your doctor and ask him/her to test for celiac disease to find the answer. ...Read more
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