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Symptom Assessment IconIntro: Celiac Symptoms

The symptoms of celiac disease can be quite varied and, amazingly, some sufferers exhibit almost no symptoms at all!  For most, however, there are multiple symptoms.  Most symptoms result from the fact that the damaged intestine allows foods to pass through the intestine unprocessed.  This often leads to diarrhea or other short term gastrointestinal issues including gas, bloating, abdominal pain, constipation, etc.  While the reactions of some sufferers are immediate and severe, others exhibit only low levels of discomfort.

Other symptoms include, but are not limited to, weight loss/weight gain, fatigue, bone or joint pain, osteoporosis, behavioral changes, tingling in the legs, muscle cramps, seizures, missed menstrual periods, failure to thrive in infants, sores in the mouth, tooth discoloration or loss of tooth enamel.

Longer term the lack of nutrient absorption can also result in conditions such as anemia, skin rashes, depression, short stature in children and miscarriage in pregnant women just to name a few.  Left untreated for long periods of time, the intestinal damage leads to an increased risk of both small intestine cancer and lymphoma of the small bowel (EATL).

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