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Celiac disease is an immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. If you have this condition, eating gluten causes an immune response in your small intestine. Over time, this reaction damages the lining of your small intestine and prevents absorption of some nutrients.

Signs and symptoms of celiac disease in adults include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Acid reflex and heartburn
  • Anemia
  • Bloating and gas
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue and headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Weight-loss

Signs and symptoms of celiac disease in children under age 2 include:

  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Failure to thrive
  • Muscle wasting
  • Poor appetite
  • Swollen belly
  • Vomiting

Signs and symptoms of celiac disease in older children include:

  • Constipation
  • Delayed puberty
  • Diarrhea
  • Irritability
  • Short stature
  • Weight-loss


Serology Testing
Your GI doctor may order this test, which looks for antibodies in your blood. Elevated levels of certain antibody proteins can indicate an immune reaction to gluten.

Genetic Testing
Your GI doctor may order this test, which looks for human leukocyte antigens (HLA-DQ2 and HLA-DQ8) that can be used to rule out celiac disease.


Diet Modifications
Following a strict, lifelong gluten-free diet is the only way to manage celiac disease. You should avoid all foods that contain wheat, barley, bulgur, durum, farina, graham flour, malt, rye, semolina, spelt, and triticale.

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