What's the upshot of getting celiac disease?

Malabsorption. Gluten in wheat acts as a toxin on your small intestine. The damage leads to a marked decrease in the ability to absorb nutrients in any food that you eat. The immediate result is abdominal distension, pain, bloating & diarrhea. The long term effects is weight loss, muscle wasting & weakness - in fact, all of the symptoms of starvation.
Avoid gluten. Autoimmune; related to others like thyroid, psoriasis, ibd, dm. True allergy/inflammatory reaction to gliadin/prolamine portions of proteins in many grains (wheat, rye, spelt, triticale, barley, maybe oats). Causes infl of small bowel, blunting of absorptiive surface. Lots of symptoms including diarrhea, iron deficiency, osteoporosis, fatigue, liver changes, can cause lymphoma , cancer. Diet rx.

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Celiac disease. How do you get diganosed?

Depends. Biopsy is commonly used, but can miss picking up all cases. Gluten sensitivity gene testing can be done by enterolabs with no doctors order needed. Also fecal IgA for gliadin. Blood testing can be done for anti gliadin antibodies etc, but not 100% accurate. Read more...
Blood tests. In symptomatic patients with a suspicion of celiac disease, i order a tissue transglutaminase blood test. It has a very good sensitivity and specificity. Read more...

How can you get tested for celiac disease?

Small bowel biopsy. Celiac disease is suspected when individuals have signs or symptoms of malabsorption or malnutrition. Small intestinal biopsy is considered the most accurate test for celiac disease. Small intestinal biopsies can be obtained by performing an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (egd). Read more...

What are the really bad symptoms you can get with celiac disease?

Typically diarrhea. Celiac disease, among its many manifestations, may result in diarrhea. Simplistically, exposure of intestine to gluten causes inflammation of affected gut lining, with a decrease in absorptive surface of that gut, & resulting malabsorption of food. The best & most enduring fix is to avoid eating gluten. Serum tissue transglutaminase antibody can help determine how successfully gluten is avoided. Read more...

What happens to someone who doesn't get their celiac disease treated?

Many complications. Celiac disease leads to destruction of the lining of the small intestine. Therefore, it is associated with abdominal pain, bloating diarrhea, some times to the point of malnutrition. "irritable bowel syndrome" is sometimes actually un-diagnosedceliac disease. Rashes that look like herpes "dermatitis herpetiformis" may occur. Sometimes joint and tendon inflammation. Read more...

How do I get my husband to understand how serious celiac disease is?

Consult GI with him. Bring him with you to the gastroenterologist and have the physician explain to him the seriousness of the disorder. Read more...

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

Increased Risk. Incidence of celiac sprue in this country is around 1/130. The niddk has a website for more info, first degree relatives of celiac patients are at much higher risk for developing it. http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/celiac/. Read more...
Increased risk. There are heritable predispositions but it is still more likely the child will NOT develop the disease (4 to 1). Read more...

How might you get tested for celiac disease and what are the symptoms?

Celiac. There is blood testing as well as endoscopic biopsies if a scope is used. Symptoms include bloating, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Follow this link for additional symptoms that are less common. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/celiac-disease/ds00319/dsection=symptoms. Read more...