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What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is an inherited autoimmune disorder, due to intolerance to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. It results in inflammation of the small intestine and can lead to nutritional deficiencies (iron, calcium, folate and various minerals).    

What are the symptoms of celiac disease?

  • Poor weight gain
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal pain or bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Poor growth
  • Vomiting
  • Skin rashes
  • Mouth sores

Less common symptoms of celiac disease

  • Iron deficiency
  • Headaches
  • Osteopenia/Osteoporosis
  • Elevated liver enzymes
  • Arthritis
  • Delayed puberty
  • Behavioral issues
  • Infertility
  • Seizures

 

 

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