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Question: celiac reference again

 REDFRED439 - Mon Mar 01, 2004 10:01 pm

:?: how dangerous is celiac and what are the long term causes if left untreated or a person choses not to eat sensibly even though they have been diagnosed with this disease. it took doctors 2 yrs to give a proper diagnosis for my husbands condition
 Dr. Russell M - Sun Mar 07, 2004 2:04 pm

User avatar Hi!

"Although rarely lethal, celiac sprue is a significant and often debilitating malabsorption syndrome affecting multiple organ systems. Symptoms of celiac sprue malabsorption can include one or more of the following: chronic diarrhea, steatorrhea [fat in stool], abdominal bloating or cramps, flatulence, weight loss, fatigue, anemia, bleeding diathesis, osteopenia [decreased bone density], seizure disorders, and stunted growth."

"Patients with celiac sprue are at increased risk for complications such as lymphomas and adenocarcinomas of the intestinal tract."

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