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What signs are there for celiac disease?

What signs are there for celiac disease?

Abdominal discomfort: Individuals with celiac disease can have a variety of different symptoms and may even be asymptomatic. Often it is associated with gastrointestinal distress including pale stools that are associated with non-specific diarrhea, cramping, and bloating. The diagnosis can only be made by a physician. If symptoms improve with a gluten free diet, the chances of having celiac disease are greater. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Murphy
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Celiac Disease (Definition)

In Celiac disease the body reacts to gluten (in wheat and gluten like proteins in rye and barley) in the small intestine causing damage. This limits the intestine's ability to absorb some nutrients. Classically people have loose stool, bloating, and abdominal discomfort but more often are just found when screened for other reasons (like symptoms of a nutritional deficiency like ...Read more


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I was tested once for celiac disease and it came back negative. In three years could that have changed?

I was tested once for celiac disease and it came back negative. In three years could that have changed?

Check with you Doc: Discuss with your doctor why your were tested for celiac disease. As with any test, the degree of suspicion for a particular disease helps understand the results. If there was a very high index of suspicion for celiac disease and the test was negative it may need to be repeated or further testing may need to done like a biopsy of your small intestine. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is celiac disease?

What sort of disease is celiac disease?

Celiac Disease: Celiac disease is an auto-immune IgA antibody problem where your own antibodies are attacking the enzymes that break down the products of gluten. It is not a food allergy! that is why mayo clinic labs check IgA levels before even running the other tissue specific tests. ...Read more

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What is refractory celiac disease?

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. ...Read more

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How do symptoms of celiac disease differ from age of onset?

How do symptoms of celiac disease differ from age of onset?

Varied: The symptoms of celiac disease are quite varied. However, failure to thrive (failure to gain weight) is a common symptom in child who are diagnoses with celiac disease. Other symptoms of and pain, diarrhea and nutrient deficiencies can be seen in different age groups. ...Read more

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What is the official definition of celiac disease and what is the range of symptoms?

What is the official definition of celiac disease and what is the range of symptoms?

Celiac disease: Also called gluten intolerance or gluten-sensitive enteropathy is a disease in which the villi of the small intertines are damaged by an abnormal immune response to a grain protein (gluten) present in wheat, rye, barley and oats. Damage to villi results in malabsorbtion of nutrients and result in belly pain, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, wgt. Loss, poor growth, dermatitis herpetiformis & more. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have celiac disease? My aunt wants to know.

What does it mean to have celiac disease? My aunt wants to know.

Gluten sensitivity: Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease where the body reacts to proteins found in various grain products - principally in barley, rye, wheat, spelt. In children we can see failure to thrive, rashes and abdominal complaints. Recognition in adults has been increasing and can include various abdominal/gi complaints in addition to anemia, weakness and many other issues. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of celiac disease?

What are the symptoms of celiac disease?

Grieving gut: Here's their info: http://celiac.org/celiac-disease/symptoms/ Bloating, pain, diarrhea, gas, constipation - general misery around food. Many find avoiding gluten helpful. Best! ...Read more

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What's the upshot of getting celiac disease?

What's the upshot of getting celiac disease?

Malabsorption: Gluten in wheat acts as a toxin on your small intestine. The damage leads to a marked decrease in the ability to absorb nutrients in any food that you eat. The immediate result is abdominal distension, pain, bloating & diarrhea. The long term effects is weight loss, muscle wasting & weakness - in fact, all of the symptoms of starvation. ...Read more

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