6 doctors weighed in:

Can some sort of parasite cause the symptoms of celiac disease?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Giardia lamblia

Giardia lamblia, a single call protozoan (think paramecium) parasite is found in fresh water. It takes up residence in the small intestine causing symptoms mimicking celiac disease.
The organism may be detected in a stool specimen. Sometimes endoscopy is necessary for diagnosis. Treatment is curative.

In brief: Giardia lamblia

Giardia lamblia, a single call protozoan (think paramecium) parasite is found in fresh water. It takes up residence in the small intestine causing symptoms mimicking celiac disease.
The organism may be detected in a stool specimen. Sometimes endoscopy is necessary for diagnosis. Treatment is curative.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Thank
Dr. Stevan Cordas
Internal Medicine

In brief: Parasites

There are all degrees of gastrointestinal manifestations with celiac patietns.
Some are even latent. A number of intestinal parasites can cuase symptoms that produce similar symptoms but testing can seperate the two problems. One could even have both.

In brief: Parasites

There are all degrees of gastrointestinal manifestations with celiac patietns.
Some are even latent. A number of intestinal parasites can cuase symptoms that produce similar symptoms but testing can seperate the two problems. One could even have both.
Dr. Stevan Cordas
Dr. Stevan Cordas
Thank
Read more answers from doctors