Problem

Coeliac disease

Other Names:
Celiac disease
Nature:

Celiac disease is an inherited condition in which there is an autoimmune reaction to gluten in the diet. (Gluten is a component in wheat, spelt, rye, oats, barley, triticale and kamut.) Gluten intolerance produces a wasting disease of childhood in which there is an inability to absorb fats from the intestine; the stools, therefore, have an excess of fat and are pale, bulky and frothy. In adults, celiac disease is a chronic digestive disorder in which stress can be a factor. Inflammation, diarrhoea, pain, weight loss and malnutrition are a few of the problems that may be experienced.

Background:

Those affected suffer damage to the villi (shortening and villous flattening) in the lamina propria and crypt regions of their intestines when they eat specific food-grain antigens (toxic amino acid sequences). Celiac disease is associated with a variety of autoimmune disorders, carcinomas of the gastrointestinal tract and lymphomas.

Incidence:

The disease mostly affects people of European descent, and occurs more rarely in black and Asian populations. Celiac disease affects between 1 in 150 to 1 in 250 Americans (USA).

Aggravates:
Arthritis
Aggravated By:
Gluten intolerance
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
30.09.2016 – 07:57 CEST
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