Celiac Disease Overview

Celiac sprue, also known as gluten sensitive enteropathy, is a condition that causes damage to the small intestine when foods containing gluten are eaten. When people with celiac disease eat foods containing gluten, their immune system acts inappropriately and forms antibodies to gluten that attack and damage the lining of the small intestine. This injury prevents proper absorption of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.

Symptoms
Symptoms of celiac disease include bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and weight loss. Malabsorption can result in weak bones, anemia and malnutrition.

Testing
Celiac disease can be diagnosed by testing for abnormal antibodies in the blood or by biopsying the small intestine using an endoscopic (a small flexible tube passed through the mouth into the upper digestive tract).

Treatment
The disease is treated by eliminating all foods containing gluten (wheat, rye, barley, and oats) from the diet.

Are you suffering from gluten sensitivity? Regional Gi encourages you to speak with your primary health physician today! For additional questions or concerns, please visit us online at www.regionalgi.com or call (717) 869-4600. We look forward to serving you!