Celiac disease

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that occurs in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. 

It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide. Two and one-half million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications. Although lab work (antibody testing) can help identify celiac disease, an upper endoscopy (EGD) with a biopsy of the small intestines is an essential part of the diagnosis.

Signs & Symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea or oily stools
  • Weight loss
  • Blooding
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue, anemia
  • Bone and joint pain
  • Arthritis, osteoporosis
  • Skin rash

Treatment Options:

There are currently no medications or surgical options that treat celiac disease. Most doctors will recommend a completely gluten-free diet.