Celiac Disease – a Surprisingly Common “Rare” Condition
Causes and Treatments for Celiac Disease
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder; gluten triggers an immune system response that damages the villi, the tiny fingerlike projections lining the small intestine that absorb nutrients. Blood tests can reveal high levels of autoantibodies associated with celiac disease. If the test is positive, an upper endoscopy may be recommended to obtain a tissue sample, or biopsy from your small intestine to examine the villi. This painless procedure is performed with an endoscope, a long, thin flexible tube with a video camera and light at the tip. A gluten free diet is the primary treatment for celiac. For many patients, even a small amount of gluten can case intestinal damage, though symptoms may not appear. That’s another reason why it’s so important to take charge of your GI health.
At Palmadessa & Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates, we diagnose and prescribe treatments for patients close by and throughout Queens, New Hyde Park, Laurelton, St. Albans, College Point, Whitestone, and surrounding areas near you. Find out if you have symptoms related to Celiac disease call and schedule an appointment today!