What is Celiac Disease?

What is Celiac Disease?

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Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that particularly affects small intestine. When people affected by celiac disease eat gluten, a reaction is initiated in the body which damages the finger-like projections in small intestine which helps to absorb digested food. Celiac disease is a common problem and affects nearly 3 million Americans.

Signs and Symptoms of Celiac Disease

Signs and Symptoms of Celiac Disease

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There are more than 200 symptoms of celiac disease. Yet, some people do not experience any symptoms at all, though they are also at risk of developing the disorder. The disease affects the digestive system primarily, but other parts of the body may also be affected. Anemia for example can occur to a patient.

What are the Causes of Celiac Disease?

What are the Causes of Celiac Disease?

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Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that is caused by the reaction of an abnormal immune system to gluten. The immune system mistakes the substance that makes gluten as a threat to the body. The antibodies attack the inside layer of intestines and make it swollen and inflamed.

Celiac Disease Complications

Celiac Disease Complications

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Celiac disease can cause a variety of complications. If celiac disease is not diagnosed and treated on time, it may lead to many long-term complications. Sometimes, the disease is diagnosed only because of these complications. People with celiac disease often develop certain nervous system disorders such as neuropathy and ataxia.

Celiac Disease Diagnosis

Celiac Disease Diagnosis

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Your doctor may first conduct a physical exam to note any changes in the body that are apparent easily. He may ask you to undergo through some tests and examinations in order to understand the disorder. Genetics is a major reason for celiac disease. He will review your family history too.