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A woman had celiac disease confused with an infectious stomach complaint after her wedding. Celiac disease is an inherited inflammatory condition that affects the small bowel, caused by the inability of sufferers to poorly digest a protein called gluten. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye and oats. The small bowel becomes inflamed when exposed to gluten, which causes the lining to become thin and flat, losing it's absorptive properties. It causes lethargy, nausea, abdominal pain, abdominal bloating, intermittent constipation and diarrhea, anorexia, and weight loss. Celiac disease can be exacerbated by stress and eating the above mentioned foods. It is often confused for Irritable bowel syndrome, but can be diagnosed with blood tests and a gastroscopy guided bowel biopsy. It can lead to an increased risk in bowel cancer, and malnutrition associated disorders such as osteoporosis and infertility.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Daily Mail
About: Commonly confused celiac disease
Date: 26 May 2005
Source: Daily Mail
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