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Celiac Disease FAQ

Overview

Celiac disease (CD) is a digestive disorder that affects the small intestine. People with CD cannot tolerate gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and a few other cereal grains closely related to wheat. When a person with celiac disease eats gluten it causes an immune reaction in the small intestine that results in damage to the intestine and an inability to absorb nutrients properly.

The only medical treatment for CD is a strict gluten-free diet.

Celiac disease is considered an autoimmune disease and is also known by the names celiac sprue, non-tropical sprue or gluten-sensitive enteropathy. It can occur at any age.

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