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Is autism associated with celiac disease?

Is autism associated with celiac disease?

No: Autism is a complex neurobiological inherited disorder that is worsened by environmental toxins. Celiac disease is a digestive disorder that prevents absorption of gluten from the diet. There is no scientific evidence the two are related. Years ago, there was a flurry of thinking that malabsorption of gluten could lead to or worsen autism. This has been disproven. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Celiac Disease (Definition)

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


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Why is fourth baby born with addison disease and other children healthy, ?

Why is fourth baby born with addison disease and other children healthy, ?

Genetic differences: Every child is different- so one may have blue eyes, the another brown, some tall, some short etc. A baby with addison's has a genetic cause- it got genes that the others didn't or had a mutation early in its development. There are many forms of addison's; some are relatively easy to treat, so i hope your baby's form is one of less serious forms. President kennedy & other notables had addison's. ...Read more

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Hate having celiac sprue, any other teens with this disease?

Hate having celiac sprue, any other teens with this disease?

Many: There are many teens with celiac. I would recommend searching online for a support group. Celiac.Org is a goo resource. ...Read more

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Is celiac disease always associated with malnutrition?

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Is celiac disease always associated with malnutrition?

Not always: Malnutrition can happen if someone's celiac dis is severe and long enough. Especially with fat soluble vitamins. The treatment of celiac dis is avoiding gluten. If the patient can do that strictly, the small intestine's absorption area returns to normal looking and normal function. The malnutrition will eventually go away. ...Read more

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Do people with celiac disease always develop cancer?

Do people with celiac disease always develop cancer?

Celiac Disease: No, this is a fallacy. Very very very few people with celiac disease develop cancer and oftentimes it is a completely separate entity. ...Read more

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Can infants have celiac disease or gluten intolerance?

Yes: Yes, but may not show symptoms for years. While milk fed, will not seee any symptoms until those foods are introduced. ...Read more

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Do the children of two parents who both have celiac disease always have the disease?

Do the children of two parents who both have celiac disease always have the disease?

Usually yes: Celiac disease is inherited mainly in an autosomal recessive way, meaning that two parents with celiac disease are both likely to have 2 celiac disease genes each. Their child gets one celiac disease gene from each parent, so he also is born with 2 celiac disease genes. That means the child is at high risk for getting the disease, but if he is very very lucky, it might not happen. ...Read more

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If a person carries both genes associated with celiac, what are their chances of developing celiac disease?

If a person carries both genes associated with celiac, what are their chances of developing celiac disease?

No guarantee, but...: ...risk is elevated. Keep that risk in mind at all times since clinical presentation of celiac disease varies from patient to patient with either typical intestinal symptoms (see earlier healthtap answers on this topic) or a host of atypical extraintestinal manifestations. Important complications include: malnutrition, osteoporosis, infertility, GI cancers. ...Read more

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Does kid qualify for vaccine exempt with family hist of scleroderma, Raynaud's, psoriasis, scoriatic arthritis, and personal hist of eczema and celiac?

Does kid qualify for vaccine exempt with family hist of scleroderma, Raynaud's, psoriasis, scoriatic arthritis, and personal hist of eczema and celiac?

No: Vaccines will prevent you from getting serious diseases which might complicate your personal history of eczema and celiac disease. Go see your Pediatrician and get all protections you can. ...Read more

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Can people with sickle cell disease have children?

Can people with sickle cell disease have children?

YES: Be sure to let your obstetrician know you have sickle cell so you can be managed correctly. ...Read more

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Can men with sickle cell disease have healthy children?

Yes.: Sickle cell disease must be inherited from both parents. So it depends on the mother of the child. If she has sickle cell - all of your children will have sickle cell. If she has sickle cell trait - there is a 50% chance your children will have sickle cell disease, and a 50% chance of your children having sickle cell trait. If she has no sickle cell - your children will have sickle cell trait. ...Read more

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Is celiac disease always associated with severe malnutrition?

Is celiac disease always associated with severe malnutrition?

No: People with celiac suffer from a wide range of severity of symptoms. Yes, some are malnurished. Others have mild intermittent abdominal pain, some have fatigue and yet others have rashes as their main problem. ...Read more

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Should parents have any problems raising a child with sickle cell trait?

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Very unlikely: Most children with sickle trait are asymptomatic except their hemoglobin levels, so called iron count, stay a bit lower than normal. ...Read more

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Can menopause trigger autoimmune disorders? I was diagnosed with both psoriatic arthritis and celiac disease at 51.

Can menopause trigger autoimmune disorders? I was diagnosed with both psoriatic arthritis and celiac  disease at  51.

Maybe: There is more autoimmune (AI) disease in older women, but it is unclear if it is related to time or hormones. Time: an AI condition is a problem in the immune system. The longer we live, the more likely a problem will develop. Hormones: women have an immune system that tolerates foreign things, that is how they have a baby. If that tolerance goes away, then there can be an issue. But exact cause? ...Read more

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Can my children get celiac disease if a adult has it is it hereditrty?

Can my children get celiac disease if a adult has it is it hereditrty?

Increased risk: There are heritable predispositions but it is still more likely the child will NOT develop the disease (4 to 1). ...Read more

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How common is celiac disease in children?

How common is celiac disease in children?

Maybe 1% (1 in 100): Celiac disease affects about 1 in 100 people, to about 1 in 150 people. The exact numbers are not certain, but it affects a little less than 1% of the population. ...Read more

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What are some more subtle symptoms of celiac disease in children?

What are some more subtle symptoms of celiac disease in children?

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

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What are the chances of passing my celiac disease to my children?

What are the chances of passing my celiac disease to my children?

5-10%: There are genetic influences in celiac disease but these increase susceptibility rather than predict outcome. Even identical twins do not always share the disorder. ...Read more

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What treats can I serve at a party when one child has celiac disease?

What treats can I serve at a party when one child has celiac disease?

Talk to mom: Given the food intolerance, it would be best to talk to the child's mom for guidance and make sure she is comfortable with the food prepared. ...Read more

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Which valentines treats can I give my class if one child has celiac disease?

Which valentines treats can I give my class if one child has celiac disease?

Ask the parent: Why give food or treats for valentines day? There may be children with other food allergies or sensitivities that you are not aware of. Consider non food activities instead. If you still must have food, then please contact the child's parent(s) and seek their advice. They know what affects their child. ...Read more

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Any good commercially available halloween treats for child with celiac disease?

Any good commercially available halloween treats for child with celiac disease?

Many brands: A good site with brand name manufactures lists is http://celiacdisease.About.Com/od/glutenfreefoodshopping/a/gfcandies.Htm. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if your child has celiac disease, what were their symptoms?

I'm just wondering, if your child has celiac disease, what were their symptoms?

Fatigue, diarrhea: Growth problems -decreased appetite and failure to gain weight -chronic diarrhea, which can be bloody -chronic constipation -vomiting -abdominal bloating and pain -fatigue (often tired during day and insomnia at night) -irritability -other autoimmmune diseases, such as type 1 diabetes or hashimoto's thyroiditis. ...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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What is celiac disease in children vs wheat allergy?

What is celiac disease in children vs wheat allergy?

Probably same: An allergy may give you more symptoms but celiac usually attacks the digestive tract. ...Read more

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Does celiac disease cause nutrient absorption in children?

Does celiac disease cause nutrient absorption in children?

It Can: Only if you restrict the diet too significantly can there be nutritional issues. Substitute with an appropriate food or multivitamin. Please discuss with your doctor or request a dietitian consult. ...Read more

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I am suspecting that my child(1 year) has a celiac disease , I am far from the hospital can I get virtual diagnosis cause it has been 6 months?

I am suspecting that my child(1 year) has a celiac disease , I am far from the  hospital can I get virtual diagnosis  cause it has been 6 months?

Needs an eval: I find it unlikely the kid would have CD at 1 yr but it can happen. As a lifelong label with important implications (risks of other diseases) it requires a thorough basic evaluation. This would also include initial blood screening tests for tissue transglutaminase IgA and an IgA level. To be accurate the kid would need to ingest a gluten for the 3 wks prior to testing. ...Read more

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Child going to GI dr for possible chrons or celiac disease. What test will be done ?

Child going to GI dr for possible chrons or celiac disease. What test will be done ?

Blood, stool, ?scope: A history and physical exam will be most important. They will very likely start with blood tests. Often they get stool tests which can take a few days to come back. Based on all of this data they will decide on whether your child needs an endoscopy or colonoscopy which is a direct look in the bowels with a small camera. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does celiac disease cause a large distended belly in a child?

Possibly: A child with celiac disease who eats gluten might have a large distended belly among other symptoms. Strictly avoiding gluten would cure this symptom. However, there are other conditions that can cuase a large distended belly as well. It would be wise to have your child examined by a doctor. For more on celiac see http://www.Celiac.Com/articles/1106/1/celiac-disease-symptoms/page1.Html. ...Read more

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Do the children of two parents who both have celiac disease always have the disease?

Usually yes: Celiac disease is inherited mainly in an autosomal recessive way, meaning that two parents with celiac disease are both likely to have 2 celiac disease genes each. Their child gets one celiac disease gene from each parent, so he also is born with 2 celiac disease genes. That means the child is at high risk for getting the disease, but if he is very very lucky, it might not happen. ...Read more

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If I have an elevated transglutaminase iga, hypothyroidism, and a mother with celiac disease. Is the likelihood that I have celiac disease.?

If I have an elevated transglutaminase iga, hypothyroidism, and a mother with  celiac disease.  Is the likelihood that I have celiac disease.?

Yes, but ...: While your database is highly suggestive of a person at risk for celiac disease, the diagnosis still hinges on a diagnostic small bowel biopsy. Once the diagnosis is secure, a gluten-free diet should then result in a drop in tissue transglutaminase titer. ...Read more

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Doc thinks child with alk phos level of 2, 125 is possible celiac disease, is this pretty common in a 17mnth old with diarrhea poor wt gain?

Doc thinks child with alk phos level of 2, 125 is possible celiac disease, is this pretty common in a 17mnth old with diarrhea poor wt gain?

Alk phos level: While alk phos may be elevated in celiac disease because of osteomalacicia, the level you are reporting speaks more for a possible bony tumor. ...Read more

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I am so worried. My kids only need to see the doctor for sports physicals. Now one has celiac disease. What should I say, in terms of effects on health and well-being?

I am so worried. My kids only need to see the doctor for sports physicals. Now one has celiac disease. What should I say, in terms of effects on health and well-being?

Be honest: Celiac disease can in some cases affect performance with fatigue and side effects of medication. Sports physicals are designed (hopefully) to try and find out about serious risks such as impending heart stoppage, asthma and aspects of physical fragility which would render athletic performance hazardous. Celiac disease is not one of those. ...Read more