What are the symptoms of celiac disease?

Gastrointestinal symptoms include flatulence, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, weight loss, nausea and vomiting. Non-gastrointestinal symptoms can also occur if severe damage occurs in the intestine. These can include fatigue, migraines, depression, musculoskeletal problems, skin rashes, dental enamel defects, osteoporosis and seizures.

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What is celiac disease?

An autoimmune disorder in response to the digestion of gluten. An aberrant immune response severely damages the intestinal lining preventing the absorption of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

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How is celiac disease treated?

A strict gluten-free diet must be followed for life to allow the damaged intestine to recover and prevent further damage.

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How is celiac disease diagnosed?

Initial screening is based on symptoms and blood tests to detect the levels of several antibodies that arise during an aberrant immune response to gluten. Other laboratory tests identify other abnormalities including altered liver enzymes and low cholesterol. Diagnosis is confirmed by a biopsy from the small intestine to identify the damage and by genetic [...]

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What are the HLA genes?

The HLA genes encode components of the human leukocyte complex. The HLA complex is an important part of the immune system, helping distinguish between the body’s own proteins and foreign proteins.

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If I have a positive test result, does that mean that I will definitely develop celiac disease?

No, not everyone who carries one or more of the celiac associated HLA alleles will suffer from celiac disease. Although the presence of each of these alleles increases the lifetime risk of developing celiac disease there are many individuals that have these alleles and never develop celiac disease.

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