Celiac Disease (Gluten Enteropathy) (cont.)

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What are the signs and symptoms of celiac disease?

Diarrhea and weight loss because of malabsorption are the classic symptoms of celiac disease, but they occur in less than one-half of people with the disease. The symptoms vary widely in presentation and intensity. Often the symptoms are not related to the bowel function, but instead are due to the consequences of chronic malabsorption of vitamins and minerals (for example, people who complain of weakness, fatigue, and are anemic because they cannot absorb iron in the diet).

Other symptoms may include the following:

Infants and children may have even less specific symptoms including diarrhea, constipation, weight loss, failure to thrive, and developmental delays.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/11/2013

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