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What are the symptoms of celiac disease?

Symptoms of celiac disease can include anemia, chronic diarrhea, unintentional weight loss, fatigue, abdominal cramping, bloating and irritability. These symptoms are often present in those with a diagnosis of celiac disease, but are also common in many other more common diseases.

In order to rule out or diagnose celiac disease, the following is necessary:

  1. Screening must be done before a gluten-free diet is started.
  2. A simple blood screening test can be done when common symptoms are present.
  3. A positive blood screening for gluten sensitivity must be followed by a small bowel biopsy to confirm a diagnosis.

Wave: May / June 2013

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Wave is published six times a year by the Winnipeg Health Region in cooperation with the Winnipeg Free Press. It is available at newsstands, hospitals and clinics throughout Winnipeg, as well as McNally Robinson Books.

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