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Can everyone get celiac disease, or is it a disorder of our genes?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Genetic & hereditary

Celiac disease is hereditary and runs in families.
The genes seen in patients are hla-dq2 and hla-dq8. Patients with only one copy of either gene tend to have milder symptoms, but patients with 2 copies of either gene, or 1 copy of both genes, have more severe disease. Celiac disease can occur rarely in persons without these genes.

In brief: Genetic & hereditary

Celiac disease is hereditary and runs in families.
The genes seen in patients are hla-dq2 and hla-dq8. Patients with only one copy of either gene tend to have milder symptoms, but patients with 2 copies of either gene, or 1 copy of both genes, have more severe disease. Celiac disease can occur rarely in persons without these genes.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Richard Wachs
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Both

Celiac disease has a genetic predisposition and if you have symptoms and a family member with celiac, testing is recommended.
However, if you are having symptoms of celiac, a negative family history does not rule it out. If you are concerned, get evaluated.

In brief: Both

Celiac disease has a genetic predisposition and if you have symptoms and a family member with celiac, testing is recommended.
However, if you are having symptoms of celiac, a negative family history does not rule it out. If you are concerned, get evaluated.
Dr. Richard Wachs
Dr. Richard Wachs
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