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Dr. John Chiu
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Celiac Disease (Definition)

An immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in ...Read more


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Can celiac disease cause bad body odor?

Can celiac disease cause bad body odor?

Celiac disease: Celiac disease can cause a whole host of problems, and is one of the great mimics. It can cause headaches, weight loss, anemia, infertility, abdominal pain. And some patients do complain of a change in their body odor. I would ask your doctor to check your blood tests for the typical antibodies associated with celiac disease, and if you carry the diagnosis, explore possible gluten contamination ...Read more

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How to test for celiac disease? If i've celiac dis., how is related to my entire left body pain(found i’m vitamin d/b12 deficent)? Cure for celiac dis?

How to test for celiac disease? If i've celiac dis., how is related to my entire left body pain(found i’m vitamin d/b12 deficent)? Cure for celiac dis?

You would need...: To get tested by your primary care provider for gluten autoantibodies. After that, a biopsy from the small intestine would need to be done. If the diagnosis were confirmed, you can manage the symptoms of celiac disease by having a gluten free diet, but unfortunately there is no cure. ...Read more

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How does celiac disease affect the skin?

How does celiac disease affect the skin?

DH: Board Question? Dermatitis Herpetiformis. This appears as a group of itchy blisters, usually on the outside of arms and legs, that can look like herpes. Rarely it can be confused by eczema. Far more people have eczema, though. DH is diagnosed by direct immunofluorescence done via biopsy by a dermatologist. Other conditions can associate with DH as well. ...Read more

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How does celiac disease affect the small intestine?

How does celiac disease affect the small intestine?

Food malabsorption: Celiac disease leads to inflammation and damage of the lining of the small intestine, which causes decreased absorption of nutrients, vitamins, iron, etc... The intestinal lining loses its microscopic "villi", which are tiny protrusions that maximize the absorptive surface area needed to absorb nutrients. A patient gets diarrhea, anemia, lactose intolerance, tummy aches, irritable bowels, etc... ...Read more

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What happens to someone who doesn't get their celiac disease treated?

What happens to someone who doesn't get their celiac disease treated?

Many complications: Celiac disease leads to destruction of the lining of the small intestine. Therefore, it is associated with abdominal pain, bloating diarrhea, some times to the point of malnutrition. "irritable bowel syndrome" is sometimes actually un-diagnosedceliac disease. Rashes that look like herpes "dermatitis herpetiformis" may occur. Sometimes joint and tendon inflammation. ...Read more

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If a child that has celiac disease and the other child doesn't have, eat from the same spoon, will the child without that disease will catch it ?

If a child that has celiac disease and the other child doesn't have, eat from the same spoon, will the child without that disease will catch it ?

No!: Celiac disease is not an infectious disease that you can "catch" from somebody such as a cold. Your child may have a celiac sensitivity, not the disease. They have a problem with Gliadin, a protein common in wheat. You live in Calgary. They have a great Children's Hospital. Make sure that your child really has it. It is overdiagnosed. ...Read more

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Have celiac disease for two years.Follow diet to a t, still have occasional bouts of diarhea.Why?

Have celiac disease for two years.Follow diet to a t, still have occasional bouts of diarhea.Why?

Other reasons.: You may be sensitive to other food groups, ie dairy, eggs, or any number of things. Food sensitivity testing would be helpful. You also might have a low-grade bowel infection, so stool studies should be performed. F all tests are negative you may have ibs, irritable bowel syndrome where symptoms are worsened by stress levels. ...Read more

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I got diagnosed for celiac disease but my test came out false negative. My primary dr said I have it.I didn't eat gluten for 6months when I took this

I got diagnosed for celiac disease but my test came out false negative. My primary dr said I have it.I didn't eat gluten for 6months when I took this

Depends on the test: The serum tests are pretty good (even off glut), not perfect. Was intestinal biopsy examined? I'm interested to know why your primary doc says you have it. I suspect you have a clear/obvious change in symptoms depending on good trials on and off gluten. Gluten intolerance, unrelated to celiac disease and to food allergy, exists as a separate phenomenon. Recommend continued avoidance if true ...Read more

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What is celiac disease?

What is celiac disease?

Celiac Disease: Celiac disease (gluten-sensitive enteropathy) has three of the following features: villous atrophy; malabsorption, weight loss, or other signs of nutrient or vitamin deficiency; and resolution of the mucosal lesions and symptoms after withdrawal of gluten-containing foods (usually within a few weeks to months). Diarrhea, weight loss, and antibodies against gliadin ...Read more

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What is celiac disease.?

What is celiac disease.?

Celiac disease: Celiac disease is atrophy of the intestinal villi caused by an immune response to gluten and gliadin. ...Read more

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Is celiac disease serious?

Is celiac disease serious?

Can be: Think of the digestive tract as an assembly line where food comes in, is reduced to its parts, then moved into the body where the parts can be re-assembled into usable material.In celiac, the protein allergy injures the gut, reducing the ability to move any parts into the body.If the injury is bad enough you waste away and remain sickly. By avoiding the gluten, the body can heal & the system work ...Read more

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How common is celiac disease?

How common is  celiac disease?

Pretty common: Gluten-sensitive enteropathy (celiac disease) is much less common than gluten intolerance. Like lactose intolerance, caffeine intolerance, sorbitol intolerance (with regard to needing to restrict each respective substance), people who are gluten intolerant do better to avoid gluten-containing foods. Only about 10% of the population are gluten intolerant--an inflammatory condition of small bowel. ...Read more

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How can I treat celiac disease?

How can I treat celiac disease?

Gluten Free diet: The treatment for celiac disease is to avoid all foods containing gluten. Gluten is most commonly found in barley, wheat and rye grains. You must be a very careful label reader and check for these items in the ingredients list. There are many more gluten free options available in the supermarkets now. If you have been diagnosed with celiac this is a lifelong diet plan. ...Read more

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How to deal with celiac disease?

How to deal with celiac disease?

Diet: Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease caused by gluten. It is the only curable autoimmune disease by going on a 100% gluten free diet. Suggest you visit celiac.Org (celiac disease foundation). ...Read more

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How do people get celiac disease?

How do people get celiac disease?

Genetics; eat gluten: Celiac disease (gluten allergy) occurs in a person who may have a genetic tendency to react abnormally to gluten (a protein in wheat, barley, and rye). Something causes his immune system to over-react to gluten. Later, when he eats foods containing gluten, his immune system reacts with the intestine that is digesting the gluten, and causes intestinal damage, abnormal digestion, plus malabsorption. ...Read more

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