Celiac Disease – a Surprisingly Common “Rare” Condition

Once considered a rare condition, Celiac disease (“Gluten sensitivity”), characterized by a person’s inability to tolerate gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye (and commonly found in products as diverse as medicines to stamp glue), is now thought to affect as many as two million individuals in the U.S. Also called Celiac sprue, symptoms of Celiac disease can include abdominal bloating and pain, chronic diarrhea or constipation, weight loss or gain, fatigue, anemia, tingling in the legs from nerve damage, osteoporosis, bone / joint pain, and muscle cramps. Many people who have gluten intolerance don’t realize it, because they may attribute the symptoms to other problems. Celiac mimics GI disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease. Treatment for Celiac disease starts with proper diagnosis. At Palmadessa & Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates we offer state-of-the-art diagnostic procedures for Celiac disease for patients throughout Queens, including Flushing, Fresh Meadows, and Jamaica.

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!

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