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Doctor insights on: Gluten Sensitivity Vs Celiac Sprue

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How is celiac disease gluten sensitivity inherited?

How is celiac disease gluten sensitivity inherited?

Genetics celiac: This is a complex answer best answered by an expert. Go to http://www.Celiac.Com/articles/1046/1/understanding-the-genetics-of-gluten-sensitivity-by-dr-scot-lewey/page1.Html. ...Read more

Gluten (Definition)

Wheat barley rye contains gluten, a protein molecule that in susceptible people can cause reactions and long term illness. There is celiac, the most well known and severe gluten disease. There is gluten sensitivity, affecting more people, but usually milder. There is wheat allergy, less common than the others. The treatment, for now, is to avoid all gluten in ...Read more


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Whats the difference between having celiac disease and gluten sensitivity?

Whats the difference between having celiac disease and gluten sensitivity?

Effect on the body: You can be intolerant or react to gluten containing products with cramping, diarrhea, hives , etc. If this occurs and your blood test and or intestinal biopsy are positive for tissue damage markers, anti-intestinal antibodies you have celiac. A negative set of blood tests/biopsy suggest just intolerance. Both issues are complex and the rational approach to management is the same, avoid gluten. ...Read more

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Can i tell me how i can find out if I have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity?

Can i tell me how i can find out if I have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity?

Get tested: Celiac disease would trigger tissue transaminases that can be found on blood tests. If you have your primary doc order a celiac panel, it can see if there is evidence of these markers. If worrisome, a workup and biopsy though a gastroenterologist can confirm it. You must be consuming gluten for the testing to be accurate. The equivalent to a slice of bread daily for 3 wks is enough. ...Read more

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What is the difference between celiac disease and gluten sensitivity? Or, are they the same?

What is the difference between celiac disease and gluten sensitivity?  Or, are they the same?

Effect on the body: You can be intolerant or react to gluten containing products with cramping, diarrhea, hives , etc. If this occurs and your blood test and or intestinal biopsy are positive for tissue damage markers, anti-intestinal antibodies you have celiac. A negative set of blood tests/biopsy suggest just intolerance. Both issues are complex and the rational approach to management is the same, avoid gluten. ...Read more

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How common is celiac disease (gluten sensitivity)?

How common is celiac disease (gluten sensitivity)?

1 in 3,000: But still more people are allergic to wheat, which is a different problem with a similar treatment: avoid it! fyi the only other grains with they type of gluten to avoid in celiac sprue are rye and barley. ...Read more

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Is there a clear link between a possible celiac disease or even gluten sensitivity and recurrent/chronic idiopathic pericarditis?

Is there a clear link between a possible celiac disease or even gluten sensitivity and recurrent/chronic idiopathic pericarditis?

Autoimmune: The possible link is that they both can be due to autoimmune activity -- talk with your doctor and beware of rheumatoid arthritis and/or lupus or sarcoidosis. ...Read more

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Is celiac disease and gluten sensitivity the same thing? My friend has been following a gluten-free diet because she says she is sensitive to gluten. Does that mean she has celiac disease?

Is celiac disease and gluten sensitivity the same thing? My friend has been following a gluten-free diet because she says she is sensitive to gluten. Does that mean she has celiac disease?

No: They are not the same thing. Gluten sensitivity is much less severe than celiac. They are both sort of along the same spectrum, but celiac is more severe, and gluten sensitivity is much less severe. People with celiac genes can not have celiac but be gluten sensitive. ...Read more

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Microscopic colitis and link to gluten sensitivity and milk sensitivity but not celiac disease?

Microscopic colitis and link to gluten sensitivity and milk sensitivity  but not celiac disease?

Unclear question: I do not understand your question. But microscopic colitis is a specific condition that is most commonly related to medications, though some conditions predispose you to developing it (Celiac may be one). Milk sensitivity? - if you mean lactose intolerance then this is common and separate from Celiac. Everyone that drinks enough milk will have symptoms. ...Read more

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How can a doctor test for celiac disease and gluten sensitivity?

How can  a doctor test for celiac disease and gluten sensitivity?

Check for antibodies: By checking blood tests for autoantibodies associated.With celiac disease. Most will check for the endomysial antibody. ...Read more

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How does it take for a doctor to test for celiac disease and gluten sensitivity?

How does it take for a doctor to test for celiac disease and gluten sensitivity?

Depends on the test: And the lab doing the testing. There are a number of lab tests for diagnosing celiac disease. Many labs do not perform the tests in-house but send the specimens to a reference lab. Based on the results of initial testing, additional tests may be needed. Therefore it is not feasible to give an exact timeline, but all of the tests can be completed in a matter of days. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the difference between celiac sprue and gluten sensitivity?

Can you tell me the difference between celiac sprue and gluten sensitivity?

Yes: Celiac sprue (celiac disease) is gluten allergy, a strong allergic reaction to gluten (a protein in grains such as wheat, barley, rye, etc...). Gluten intolerance is not an allergic reaction, but does lead to tummy symptoms such as gassiness, bloating, loose stools, etc... Gluten intolerance does not damage the intestine. Both celiac sprue and gluten intolerance are types of gluten sensitivity. ...Read more

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If I was tested for celiac disease when I had an EGD does that mean I have zero problems with gluten? Or could I still have a sensitivity?

Complex issue: You can have evidence of a gluten intolerance (increased transglutaminase IgA and gliadin-transglutaminase Complex IgA) picked up on by specialized labs.This abnormality can be found in the absence of a positive biopsy for celiac which is more reflective of the severity of the problem.Although living gluten free can be hard, for many it is worth the effort. ...Read more

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How do a gluten allergy/sensitivity and celiac disease differ?

How do a gluten allergy/sensitivity and celiac disease differ?

Autoimmune: Allergy is mediated by immunoglobulin e usually and doesnt damage the intestine wall. Celiac is a autoimmune disease where the antibodies attack the lining of the intestines and affect the absorption of food. Celiac can also lead to other autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a gluten allergy/sensitivity and celiac disease? Are both hereditary?

Genetic component: Gluten sesitiviy and celiac disease are the same for all practical purposes. There is a hereditary component to the disease in that it requires the presence of hla dq 2 or 8 marker and these markers are inherited. Early exposure to gluten in infancy increases the risk of developing gluten sensitivity, so there is an enviornmenatal factor also in addition to genetic one. ...Read more

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Why is gluten intolerence called celiac disease?

Why is gluten intolerence called celiac disease?

Because it causes: Celiac disease is autoimmune disorder of small intestines that occurs in genetically predisposed individuals of all ages.It is caused by a reaction to gluten a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. That's why it is called gluten intolerance.Once the source of gluten, that is diet free from wheat, rye and barley is introduced the symptoms get better. ...Read more

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Can gluten cause migraines without celiac disease?

No proof: Lots of claims re: gluten, but less data. People don't eat gluten, they eat gluten containing foods-grains. These can be variously prepared; this can be a factor in getting headaches (among others). ...Read more

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How are gluten intolerance and celiac disease different?

How are gluten intolerance and celiac disease different?

Celiac is an allergy: Celiac disease is gluten allergy, a strong allergic reaction to gluten (a protein in grains such as wheat, barley, malted barley, rye, spelt, etc...). Gluten intolerance is not an allergic reaction, but an intolerance of gluten that leads to tummy symptoms such as gassiness, bloating, loose stools, etc... Gluten intolerance does not cause damage to the intestinal lining like celiac disease does. ...Read more

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How are gluten intolerance and celiac disease diagnosed?

How are gluten intolerance and celiac disease diagnosed?

Celiac: Typically people get blood work for specific celiac antibodies but there is a lot of debate on how accurate a negative result is. Most accurate is an endoscopy with biopsy looking specifically for the celiac antibodies or pathology. ...Read more

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Celiac Disease (Definition)

A disease caused by an immune system reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in ...Read more