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What is celiac disease, what are its causes and symptoms? How is it diagnosed?

What is celiac disease, what are its causes and symptoms? How is it diagnosed?

Celiac disease: 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 iron or bone loss). ...Read more

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Celiac Disease (Definition)

An immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in ...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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Can anyone tell me what causes celiac disease to begin in the first place?

Can anyone tell me what causes celiac disease to begin in the first place?

Genetics: If you are born with genetic mutations, hla types dq2 or dq8, this predisposes you to develop celiac disease. Then it is usually an environmental trigger, like abnormal gut microbes or infection that triggers it from being a genetic predisposition into an active condition. The condition starts with damage the microvilli that line the gut and eventually ends with total villous atrophy. ...Read more

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What is celiac disease? Is it curable?

What is celiac disease? Is it curable?

Celiac disease: Celiac is an autoimmune condition in which your body makes antibodies against the small intestine; it causes malabsorption of food and often chronic diarrhea, anemia, or occasionally abnormal liver function. The treatment is simply to avoid gluten in foods, but this is not a simple diet to follow. ...Read more

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What is celiac disease? Does it cause a person to lose weight?

What is celiac disease? Does it cause a person to lose weight?

Yes: If you continue to consume gluten with a diagnosis of celiac disease, the gluten will damage the surface of the small intestine thus impairing your ability to absorb many nutrients leading to weight loss. However, you need to consult your doctor to document the diagnosis since there are other conditions which can cause unexplained weight loss. ...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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What does celiac's disease do to a person's body?

What does celiac's disease do to a person's body?

Gut 1st, then.....: Immune reaction to gluten, causes infl in small bowel, loss of villi, loss of absorption, leads to vitamin and mineral deficiency (calcium, iron, d, others). Causes gas, bloat, cramps, diarrhea, fatigue, weakness. May cause joint, neural, liver, fertility, other abnormalities. Untreated, over time, can increase risk for osteoporosis, lymphoma of bowel, esophageal cancer. ...Read more

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What is celiac test results mean regarding other intolerances?

What is celiac test results mean regarding other intolerances?

Hard to speculate: Some Gluten sensitive pts with irritable bowel syndrome or other obvious symptoms will not clear on a rigid gluten free diet. The prior gut tissue injury may predispose them to other food sensitivities, or they may just be intolerant to things. Many are intolerant to #40 red dye or other artificial dyes. Other food sensitivities would need to be tested individually to sort out the problem ones ...Read more

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What does celiac rash look like?

What does celiac rash look like?

Very itchy: From pubmed health: dermatitis herpetiformis is an extremely itchy rash made of bumps and blisters. The rash is chronic, which means it continues over a long period. ...Read more

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What is Celiac plexus block and can it help with chronic abdomen discomfort and pain?

What is Celiac plexus block and can it help with chronic abdomen discomfort and pain?

Chronic pain : Celiac plexus block is when local anesthetic is injected into a nexus of nerves located in the abdomen. It is used to treat chronic pain from cancer in the upper abdomen or it can be used to treat chronic pancreatitis. The chronicity is important because there are many potential complications. A proper diagnosis for the cause of the abdominal pain must be made prior to having this block. ...Read more

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What is refractory celiac disease?

What is refractory celiac disease?

Celiac Disease: It means that the patient is still experiencing symptoms and side effects of the celiac disease despite disease modifying changes in diet (avoidance of gluten), lifestyle and possibly medication. ...Read more

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What is refractory celiac disease?

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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What do my celiac disease tissue transglutaminase test results mean?

What do my celiac disease tissue transglutaminase test results mean?

Depends...: If the test was performed to identify whether you have celiac disease, an unequivocally elevated ttg value is diagnostic for celiac disease. If you are IgA deficient, and the only ttg assayed was iga, you may miss a diagnosis of celiac disease due to a falsely negative result. If you have celiac disease, ttg can be used to assess how compliant you may be with strict dietary gluten avoidance. ...Read more

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What symptoms of celiac disease can infants get if they are not on solid foods yet?

What symptoms of celiac disease can infants get if they are not on solid foods yet?

No gluten, no sprue: "Celiac" symptoms: colicky, crampy, fussy, maybe diarrhea are common in infants. Classical celiac disease occurs after weaning, eating grains like wheat, barley, rye, triticale (contain gluten). Not noted if solely breast feeding. Symptoms can occur later in life. ...Read more

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What do my celiac disease tissue transglutaminase iga/igg results mean?

What do my celiac disease tissue transglutaminase iga/igg results mean?

Anti-transglutaminas: Antibodies that bind to transglutaminase could indicate the presence of celiac disease. This is a sugggestive test only. Negative testing does not definitively rule-out celiac dz and positive testing does not confirm the diagnosis. An intestinal biopsy would be the most helpful test. ...Read more

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Is tarred, black stools what happens with celiac disease?

Is tarred, black stools what happens with celiac disease?

Unusual: This often means bleeding in the intestines. See a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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What role does celiac disease play in peripheral neuropathy?

Common: Peripheral neuropathy (burning, tingling or numbness in hands or feet) is a relatively common finding in celiac disease and may predate other manifestations. Of concern, although it may 'just' be associated with nutritional deficiences, it 'can be' associated with lymphoma. Please be evaluated.
Gltuen-free diet will not improve the neuropathy — but may prevent further deterioration. ...Read more

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What can cause celiac's disease?

What can cause celiac's disease?

Nothing: Nothing causes celiac, you are born with mutated genes which lead you to develop celiac. Go to celiac. Org for more info. ...Read more

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What is a celiac ganglion block?

What is a celiac ganglion block?

Blocks pain impulses: All pain carrying nerves of abdomen are located in front of aorta around celiac artery like a relay station, blocking the pain signals by injecting various medications, permanently or temporarily is called 'celiac ganglion block '. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of celiacs disease and am I more likely to have it because my grandfather does?

What are symptoms of celiacs disease and am I more likely to have it because my grandfather does?

Variable Sx; slight: Celiac can have variable sx, incl gas, bloat, diarrhea, wt loss, rarely gain, constipation, joint aches and pains (often from vitamin d def), fatigue (often from iron def), osteoporosis, swallowing probl, rarely liver probl. Can get screened with blood testing, and/or genetic testing. Assoc with other autoimmune diseases such as ibd, psoriasis, rheum arth, lupus, type 1 diabetes, thyroid disease. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms... Celiac disease?

What are the symptoms... Celiac disease?

Celiac: This site can go into more detail, than I can in 400 letters. Also, did you know that there is a blood test to diagnose true celiac disease? http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/celiac-disease/basics/symptoms/con-20030410 ...Read more

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What is involved in celiac disease screening?

What is involved in celiac disease screening?

Bloodwork: Celiac disease is usually screened for (in the right patient) with blood tests. Depending on the results of these blood tests, you may be referred to a gastroenterologist to get a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. You have to be on a regular diet (not gluten-free!) for these tests to be valid. ...Read more

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What autoimmune disorder has celiacs, gastroparesis, hypothyroidism?

What autoimmune disorder has celiacs, gastroparesis, hypothyroidism?

connective tissue : Connective tissue disease: test for sjogren's (blood & sialogram) autoimmune thyroid, explore with your doctor : omeoprazole & Erythromycin & domperidone. Botox injections into pylorus muscle for stomach pain and nausea.
Avoid raw veggies, grind food up when things are very bad.
There does not need to be one primary autoimmune disorder. ...Read more

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What are main symptoms of celiacs disease?

What are main symptoms of celiacs disease?

Celiac Disease: Gastrointestinal symptoms include:
abdominal pain, bloating, gas, or indigestion
constipation
decreased appetite (may also be increased or unchanged)
diarrhea, either constant or off and on
lactose intolerance (common when the person is diagnosed, usually goes away after treatment)
nausea and vomiting
stools that float, are foul smelling, bloody, or “fatty”. ...Read more

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I have celiacs. What can I do to get better faster?

I have celiacs. What can I do to get better faster?

Strict gluten free..: Gluten free diet can be difficult. Research hidden sources of gluten, be diligent about gluten contamination from food prep of other household members, and very careful about dining out. It may take as long as 6-12 months for your small bowel damage to heal. Keep in constant contact with your GI specialist. If you aren't feeling better, additional evaluation may be necessary. ...Read more

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What pp is safe in celiac disease?

What pp is safe in celiac disease?

PPI: I don't think ppis are contraindicated in celiac disease or any certain ppi that should be avoided. Ppis work on the stomach mucosa whereas celiac disease usually involves duodenum. ...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 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