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Celiac disease

Celiac disease

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine that occurs in genetically predisposed people of all ages from middle infancy onward. Symptoms include pain and discomfort in the digestive tract, chronic constipation and diarrhoea, failure to thrive, anaemia and fatigue, but these may be absent, and symptoms in other organ systems have been described. Vitamin deficiencies are often noted in people with coeliac disease owing to the reduced ability of the small intestine to properly absorb nutrients from food. Coeliac disease is caused by a reaction to gliadin, a prolamin found in wheat, and similar proteins found in the crops of the tribe Triticeae. Upon exposure to glia ... more on Wikipedia

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