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Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a common, inherited autoimmune disease in which the lining of the small intestine becomes damaged from the ingestion of gluten, which is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, malt, and some oats.  There are more than 200 different symptoms that have been associated with celiac disease, yet some people may have no symptoms at all.  This is part of the reason why only 17% of people that have celiac disease have been diagnosed.  More than 80% of people with celiac disease don’t know they have it.  Some people are at a higher risk for developing celiac disease in their lifetime. 

Symptoms can include:

  • Recurring abdominal pain with or without bloating
  • Chronic diarrhea/constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Liver and biliary tract disorders 
  • Weight loss
  • Iron-deficiency anemia that does not respond to iron therapy
  • Fatigue
  • Failure to thrive or short stature
  • Delayed puberty
  • Pain in the joints
  • Tingling numbness in the legs and/or Peripheral neuropathy
  • Pale sores inside the mouth
  • A skin rash called dermatitis herpetiformis (DH)
  • Tooth discoloration or loss of enamel
  • Unexplained infertility, recurrent miscarriag
  • Osteopenia (mild) or osteoporosis (more serious bone density problem)
  • Anxiety, depression, or irritability

People who are at higher risk for celiac disease:

  • First degree relative (parent, child, sibling) of someone diagnosed with celiac disease
  • Second degree relative (grandparent, aunt/uncle, cousins) of someone diagnosed with celiac diseas
  • Have a diagnosis of Type 1 (Insulin-dependent) Diabetes
  • Have a diagnosis of certain genetic syndromes such as Down Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, and Turner Syndrome
  • Have an autoimmune disease such as thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Graves disease, and Addison’s disease.
  • Brenner Children's Hospital
  • New Patient Appointments

    888-716-WAKE

  • Additional Information

    For new patient appointments, you may request an appointment online.
    For returning patient appointments, you may contact the clinic directly.