Coeliac Disease

Below you will find more information about Coeliac Disease from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Coeliac Disease it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Coeliac Disease and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Coeliac Disease comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Celiac disease, or coeliac disease, is an illness that affects various organs in the body. In this condition, the body responds negatively to a certain kind of protein that interferes with absorption of nutrients, causing developmental delay and dysfunctional body organs.

Diagnosis

The disease is diagnosed by blood tests in search of antibodies that trigger the condition, HLA genetic typing, and endoscopy.

Treatment

The only effective treatment is by undergoing a gluten-free diet.

Symptoms and Signs

The symptoms of the celiac disease are diarrhea, delayed development, and failure to thrive. Gastrointestinal as well as absorption-related problems are present in infants with the disease.

Causes

The root cause of the sickness is the immediate exposure to gliadin, a protein found in wheat products. This protein causes malabsorption issues in the cells, making it difficult for them to process the nutrients needed by the body organs.

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