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What are the Symptoms? PDF Print E-mail

Many patients are asymptomatic for years, with the disease becoming active for the first time after
surgery, viral infection, severe emotional stress, or pregnancy and childbirth. Celiac disease may appear at any time in the life of a person with a hereditary pre-disposition. Symptoms of CD are as varied as the
nutritional deficiencies caused by the malabsorption.

Infants, toddlers and children may exhibit growth failure, vomiting, bloated abdomen and behavioral changes.

Classic symptoms may include:

Abdominal cramping/pain
Intestinal gas,
Distention and bloating
Chronic diarrhea or constipation (or both)
Steatorrhea -- oily stools
Anemia –folate, B12, B6, or iron deficiency (or all)
Weight loss with large appetite
Weight gain

Other Possible Symptoms:

Dental enamel defects
Osteopenia, osteoporosis bone or joint pain fatigue,
Weakness and lack of energy
Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH), is the associated skin condition characterized by blistering, intensely itchy skin. The rash has a symmetrical distribution and is most frequently found on elbows, knees and buttocks. DH patients can have gastro-intestinal damage without perceptible symptoms.


Some content provided by: Kids with Celiac Disease: A Family Survival Guide to Raising Happy, Healthy,
Gluten-Free Children
, Danna Korn,,Woodbine House, 2001