Center for Celiac Disease

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Celiac disease is a condition in which there is a chronic reaction to certain protein chains, commonly referred to as gluten, found in some cereal grains. This reaction causes destruction of the villi in the small intestine, resulting in malabsorption of nutrients.

The only treatment for celiac disease is to follow a gluten-free diet, that is to avoid all foods that contain gluten. The gluten free diet is a lifetime requirement.

Symptoms

Symptoms of celiac disease can include some or all of the following:

Facts

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