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Symptoms

What are the symptoms of celiac disease?

Symptoms of Celiac DiseaseCeliac disease symptoms vary from person to person. Common digestive symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating, chronic diarrhea, weight loss, etc. Some patients may not experience digestive symptoms at all.

Non-digestive symptoms, more common in adults, are unexplained anemia, fatigue, bone or joint pains, bone loss, depression/ anxiety, numbness in hands and feet, menstrual disturbances, infertility, mouth sores, seizures, and skin rash.

People with celiac disease may have no symptoms, but they can still develop complications of the disease over time if not treated.

Other health problems commonly associated with celiac disease

Some other immune and non-immune diseases may be associated with celiac disease. These include: autoimmune thyroid diseases, liver diseases, Type 1 diabetes, Addison’s disease, Sjogren’s disease, Crohn’s Disease, ulcerative colitis, infertility, and rheumatoid arthritis. Patients with Down’s syndrome and Turner’s syndrome also have higher rates of celiac disease.

Why it is important to be gluten free in celiac disease even in absence of symptoms?

Some people with celiac disease may not experience any symptoms. This is seen more commonly in adults. Even without symptoms, the intestines are still getting gluten-induced inflammation and cannot absorb nutrients properly. These people are at high risk of developing complications of celiac disease, some of which can be life threatening like lymphoma.

Learn more about Celiac Disease in our Health Information Library.

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