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Symptoms of Celiac Disease

Symptoms of Celiac Disease: Introduction

The symptoms of celiac disease can be vague and mimic many other conditions, such as diverticulosis or irritable bowel syndrome. Symptoms can run the gamut from nonexistent, to mild, to severe. They can vary greatly between individuals and amount of gluten that is consumed. Symptoms can also affect other parts of the body in addition to the small intestine.

Gastrointestinal symptoms can include excessive gas, abdominal bloating, chronic diarrhea, fatigue, and pale or abnormally foul-smelling stools. Depression can occur, and irritability is a common symptom in children.

If left untreated, celiac disease leads to potentially serious complications, such as vitamin and mineral deficiencies, malnutrition, osteoporosis, small intestine cancer, birth defects, miscarriage, and anemia. Symptoms of these complications can include tooth discoloration, bone and joint pain, weight loss, failure to thrive, amenorrhea, bone loss, and fractures....more about Celiac Disease »

Symptoms of Celiac Disease

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Celiac Disease includes the 35 symptoms listed below:

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Celiac Disease?

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Celiac Disease: NIDDK (Excerpt)

Celiac disease affects people differently. Some people develop symptoms as children, others as adults. One factor thought to play a role in when and how celiac appears is whether and how long a person was breastfed--the longer one was breastfed, the later symptoms of celiac disease appear, and the more atypical the symptoms. Other factors include the age at which one began eating foods containing gluten and how much gluten is eaten.

Symptoms may or may not occur in the digestive system. For example, one person might have diarrhea and abdominal pain, while another person has irritability or depression. In fact, irritability is one of the most common symptoms in children.

Symptoms of celiac disease may include one or more of the following:

  • recurring abdominal bloating and pain
  • chronic diarrhea
  • weight loss
  • pale, foul-smelling stool
  • unexplained anemia (low count of red blood cells)
  • gas
  • bone pain
  • behavior changes
  • muscle cramps
  • fatigue
  • delayed growth
  • failure to thrive in infants
  • pain in the joints
  • seizures
  • tingling numbness in the legs (from nerve damage)
  • pale sores inside the mouth, called aphthus ulcers
  • painful skin rash, called dermatitis herpetiformis
  • tooth discoloration or loss of enamel
  • missed menstrual periods (often because of excessive weight loss)

Anemia, delayed growth, and weight loss are signs of malnutrition--not getting enough nutrients. Malnutrition is a serious problem for anyone, but particularly for children because they need adequate nutrition to develop properly.

Some people with celiac disease may not have symptoms. The undamaged part of their small intestine is able to absorb enough nutrients to prevent symptoms. However, people without symptoms are still at risk for the complications of celiac disease. (Source: excerpt from Celiac Disease: NIDDK)

Facts and Fallacies About Digestive Diseases: NIDDK (Excerpt)

These symptoms may be vague and therefore attributed to other conditions. Symptoms can include bloating, diarrhea, abdominal pain, skin rash, anemia, and thinning of the bones (osteoporosis). Celiac disease may cause such nonspecific symptoms for several years before being correctly diagnosed and treated. (Source: excerpt from Facts and Fallacies About Digestive Diseases: NIDDK)

Celiac Disease as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions

When considering symptoms of Celiac Disease, it is also important to consider Celiac Disease as a possible cause of other medical conditions. The Disease Database lists the following medical conditions that Celiac Disease may cause:

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Celiac Disease. This signs and symptoms information for Celiac Disease has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Celiac Disease signs or Celiac Disease symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Celiac Disease may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Celiac Disease symptoms.

 

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