Here are the Symptoms
Celiac Disease may appear at any time in a person's life. The disease can be triggered for the first time after surgery, viral infection, severe emotional stress, pregnancy or childbirth. CD is a multi-system, multi-symptom disorder. Symptoms are extremely varied and can often mimic other bowel disorders. Infants, toddlers, and children often exhibit growth failure, vomiting, bloated abdomen and behavioral changes.
Classic symptoms may include:
* abdominal cramping, intestinal gas, distention and bloating
* chronic diarrhea or constipation (or both)
* steatorrhea -- fatty stools
* anemia - unexplained, due to folic acid, B12, or iron deficiency (or all)
* weight loss with large appetite, or weight gain
* dental enamel defects
* osteopenia, osteoporosis
* bone or joint pain
* fatigue, weakness and lack of energy
* infertility - male/female
* Aphthous ulcers
Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH) is skin manifestation of celiac disease characterized by blistering, intensely itchy skin. The rash has a symmetrical distribution and is most frequently found on the face, elbows, knees and buttocks. DH patients can have gastrointestinal damage without perceptible symptoms.
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