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See celiac disease.
coeliac diseaseA malabsorptive syndrome caused by hypersensitivity of intestinal mucosa to alpha-gliadin, a gluten extract composed of glutamine and proline-rich proteins that is found in wheat, barley, rye, and oats.
Diarrhoea, copious fatty stools, abdominal distension, weight loss, haemorrhage, osteopenia, muscle atrophy, peripheral neuropathy, CNS and spinal cord demyelination (sensory loss, ataxia), amenorrhoea, infertility, oedema, petechiae, dermatitis herpetiformis (especially if HLA B27), alopecia areata. Occult bleeding occurs in half of patients.
Transaminases (ALT, AST) are increased in ± 40% of patients with CD, which usually normalises with a gluten-free diet; iron deficiency, anaemia due to occult bleeding.
Duodenal biopsy; anti-gliadin and anti-endomysial antibodies.
Eliminate gliadin from diet.
Without treatment, 10–15% develop lymphoma (e.g., immunoblastic lymphoma; less commonly, T cell lymphoma), a risk that increases with disease duration. CD predisposes to gastrointestinal lymphoma and carcinoma of the oral cavity and oesophagus; the otherwise rare small intestinal adenocarcinoma is 80-fold more common in CD.
diseasepathogenic entity characterized by an identifiable aetiological agent, group of signs and symptoms and/or consistent anatomical alterations; see syndrome
coeliac disease; gluten-sensitive enteropathy autoimmune-mediated, familial, genetic and environmental tendency to small-intestine inflammation due to gluten allergy, characterized by gluten (wheat) intolerance and resultant malabsorption of food; characterized by abdominal pain, chronic diarrhoea, weight loss and mouth ulcers; presents at any age, predominantly affecting females, atopic individuals, those with autoimmune disease (e.g. thyroid disease, type 1 diabetes mellitus, inflammatory bowel disease), chronic liver disease and fibrosing alveolitis; it characteristically causes dermatitis herpetiformis