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Can celiac disease cause irritable bowel syndrome?
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Nicole Bressler
Emergency Medicine
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In brief: Not likely
Celiacs occurs because of an allergic reaction to gluten.
This reaction destroys the cells in your small intestine that absorb nutrients from your food. Ibs occurs when your digestive tract is not moving food along the way it should, giving you diarrhea, constipation or both. Celiacs may seem like ibs because they have similar symptoms. But one does not cause the other.

In brief: Not likely
Celiacs occurs because of an allergic reaction to gluten.
This reaction destroys the cells in your small intestine that absorb nutrients from your food. Ibs occurs when your digestive tract is not moving food along the way it should, giving you diarrhea, constipation or both. Celiacs may seem like ibs because they have similar symptoms. But one does not cause the other.
Nicole Bressler
Nicole Bressler
Answer assisted by Nicole Bressler, Medical Student
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Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
In brief: Celiac vs IBS
The symptoms of both can include diarrhea, bloating and cramping, so they can look alike, but the symptoms of celiac disease are considered to be celiac disease, not another disease.
Irritable bowel syndrome is named that because we do not know the cause of the symptoms. Once the diagnostic test confirms celiac, the patient has a specific cause, antibodies to gluten.

In brief: Celiac vs IBS
The symptoms of both can include diarrhea, bloating and cramping, so they can look alike, but the symptoms of celiac disease are considered to be celiac disease, not another disease.
Irritable bowel syndrome is named that because we do not know the cause of the symptoms. Once the diagnostic test confirms celiac, the patient has a specific cause, antibodies to gluten.
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
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