Celiac Disease (cont.)
Bhupinder Anand, MD
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What is latent and silent celiac disease?
The terms latent and silent celiac disease are used to refer to individuals who have inherited the genes that predispose them to celiac disease but have not developed the symptoms or signs of celiac disease.
Latent celiac disease refers specifically to individuals who have abnormal antibody blood tests for celiac disease (see discussion of specific tests for celiac disease) but who have normal small intestine and no signs or symptoms of celiac disease. For example:
In both of the above instances, the celiac disease is latent, and the individuals can develop signs and symptoms of celiac disease later in life.
Silent celiac disease refers to individuals who have abnormal antibody blood tests for celiac disease as well as loss of villi in the small intestine but have no symptoms or signs of celiac disease, even on a diet that contains gluten. Like individuals with latent celiac disease, these people can develop signs or symptoms of celiac disease later in life.
What diseases are associated with celiac disease?
The following diseases are associated with celiac disease:
Reviewed by Bhupinder Anand, MD on 6/28/2011
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