What is Celiac Disease?

With celiac disease, there is a lifelong intolerance to the adhesive protein gluten. Symptoms such as chronic diarrhea can occur, but they can also be absent

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Celiac Disease - In Brief

Patients with celiac disease react to gluten, a protein found in various types of grain. For example, foods containing gluten can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, or gas. Overall, the symptoms of celiac disease vary widely. Sometimes it goes unnoticed for years. Doctors diagnose celiac disease using blood tests and a small intestine biopsy. Treatment then consists of a lifelong gluten-free diet.

Celiac disease - also known as gluten intolerance, indigenous sprue or gluten-sensitive enteropathy - is a disease that has increased in recent years. In the affected people, the ingestion of the gluten contained in various cereals leads to inflammation of the small intestine. Over time, this means that the intestinal mucosa changes and fewer nutrients can be absorbed.