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Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
28 years in practice
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If I have celiac disease, does that mean my baby will, too?

Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
28 years in practice
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If I have celiac disease, does that mean my baby will, too?

No: Celiac disease does run in some families, but that does not mean every member of the family will get the disease. If a parent has celiac disease, the baby's doctor can follow the baby's growth at the regular check-ups, and may do occasional blood tests to look for celiac disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Seres
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Tim Markman
Board Certified, General Practice
68 years in practice
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What signs are there for celiac disease?

Tim Markman
Board Certified, General Practice
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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. Steven Seres
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
12 years in practice
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What sort of disease is celiac disease?

Dr. Jack Mutnick
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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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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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
24 years in practice
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I was tested once for celiac disease and it came back negative. In three years could that have changed?

Dr. Andrew Murphy
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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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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David Miller
Board Certified, Family Medicine
5 years in practice
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What is refractory celiac disease?

David Miller
Board Certified, Family Medicine
5 years in practice
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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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Dr. Jason Hemming
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
12 years in practice
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How do symptoms of celiac disease differ from age of onset?

Dr. Jason Hemming
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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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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Dr. Paul Carter
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
25 years in practice
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What is the main difference between celiac sprue and celiac disease?

Dr. Paul Carter
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What is the main difference between celiac sprue and celiac disease?

None: Exactly the same thing. Just different names. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
29 years in practice
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What is the official definition of celiac disease and what is the range of symptoms?

Dr. Michael P Vaughn
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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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Dr. Joel Selter
Board Certified, Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
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What does it mean to have celiac disease? My aunt wants to know.

Dr. Joel Selter
Board Certified, Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
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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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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
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What are the symptoms of celiac disease?

Dr. Lynne Weixel
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
31 years in practice
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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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