Celiac Disease (Gluten Enteropathy) (cont.)
Benjamin Wedro, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Dr. Ben Wedro practices emergency medicine at Gundersen Clinic, a regional trauma center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. His background includes undergraduate and medical studies at the University of Alberta, a Family Practice internship at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
In this Article
- Celiac disease definition
- What causes celiac disease?
- What are the signs and symptoms of celiac disease?
- Are there other diseases or conditions associated with celiac disease?
- How is celiac disease diagnosed?
- What is latent celiac disease?
- What is silent celiac disease?
- What is the treatment for celiac disease?
- What is refractory celiac disease?
- What is the treatment for refractory celiac disease?
- What are the complications of celiac disease?
- What is a gluten-free diet?
- Celiac Disease Pictures Slideshow
- Celiac Disease Quiz
- Gluten-Free Diet Pictures Slideshow
- Celiac Disease (Celiac Sprue) FAQs
- Find a local Gastroenterologist in your town
What are the signs and symptoms of celiac disease?
Diarrhea and weight loss because of malabsorption are the classic symptoms of celiac disease, but they occur in less than one-half of people with the disease. The symptoms vary widely in presentation and intensity. Often the symptoms are not related to the bowel function, but instead are due to the consequences of chronic malabsorption of vitamins and minerals (for example, people who complain of weakness, fatigue, and are anemic because they cannot absorb iron in the diet).
Other symptoms may include the following:
- Fatigue and weakness
- Joint pain
- Numbness and tingling (paresthesia) of the hands and feet
- Osteoporosis due to decreased absorption of calcium and vitamin D
- Skin rash
- Abdominal pain
- GERD and heartburn
Infants and children may have even less specific symptoms including diarrhea, constipation, weight loss, failure to thrive, and developmental delays.
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