Celiac Disease

Celiac disease, an autoimmune condition, gets triggered by eating gluten, which is a protein found in grains. This condition is otherwise called celiac sprue, gluten-sensitive enteropathy, or nontropical sprue. The symptoms include diarrhea, weight loss, tiredness, stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting.

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Why am I experiencing rapid weight loss and different stool color?

Query: Hello doctor, About 18 months ago, my stomach distended, and my stool turned from brown to light brown and eventually yellow. After that, I started to lose weight at a rapid rate, 40 lbs in 15 months. I was given multiple blood tests, an upper endoscopy, and abdominal ultrasounds. The only thing of...  Read Full »

Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The cause of your weight loss could be maldigestion, malabsorption or systemic illness. Improper digestion occurs due to a lack of pancreatic enzymes secretion. Malabsorption occurs due to intestinal issues, for example, Celiac disease, infection or inflammation of t...  Read Full »

I am a 19-year-old with a family history of celiac disease. Do my symptoms of stomach aches and diarrhea indicate I have it too?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 19-year-old suffering from stomach aches daily and diarrhea. I also have other symptoms, such as anemia, fatigue, anxiety, brain fog, depression, abdominal pain, heartburn, bloating, weight gain, and osteopenia. Also, my mother and uncle have celiac disease. I tested my blood and g...  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. From the reports attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), your reports are negative for celiac disease. However, what you are suffering from needs to be identified and treated. Since you have anemia and diarrhea, you...  Read Full »

I am a mother to an 8-week-old baby, and I suffer from celiac disease. Can I eat gluten-containing food?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 40-year-old female. I was diagnosed with celiac disease two years back. I was traveling, so I was not able to have a biopsy done at that time. Shortly after that, I became pregnant. My baby is now eight weeks old. Throughout my pregnancy, my tTg levels were monitored, but they n...  Read Full »

Dr. Ghulam Fareed

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. I have reviewed your history and would like to see your tTg-IgA (tissue transglutaminase) levels. Celiac disease has a vast clinical spectrum, from loose stools, weight loss, and bloating to low blood levels. Even we have diagnosed patients...  Read Full »

My diarrhea disappeared after I started taking a gluten-free diet. Do I have gluten sensitivity?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been suffering from chronic diarrhea for four years, so I am underweight. I have got a stool test for calprotectin and a test for CRP level. Both are normal. I have also tested for anti-tTG-IgA, which is negative, and normal serum IgA.Now I have stopped taking gluten-containing f...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your concern in detail and will surely help you out. Since you have responded to a gluten-free diet, I will strongly keep the possibility of coeliac disease in your case. In any other illness, a gluten-free diet does not improve diarrhea. Anti-tTG (anti-...  Read Full »

My TTG IgA is high. Do I have celiac disease?

Query: Hello doctor, My tissue transglutaminase IgA are high but I have not done any biopsy but done only an endoscopy (normal). If my TTG IgA is high then I must be having celiac disease because this level only goes high with celiac disease, am I right? Then why do I need to go for biopsy as it is a painf...  Read Full »

Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is useful for comparison of severity of bowel involvement in raised antibody status. Raised IgA TTG level grade according to Marsh classification if your antibody level less on Marsh stage you may need a biopsy. If the patient is suffering from hypoglobulinemia pr...  Read Full »

Do my symptoms suggest celiac disease?

Query: Hello doctor, I have always had weird symptoms and I think I have celiac disease. I also think that the combination of all my symptoms may mean something. I was tested once for thyroid problems and once for Lyme disease because I had a big, dangerous tick-bite rash. I am 19 years old and according t...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for sharing your detailed history with us. There is a very strong possibility that you have malabsorption syndrome. There are various types of malabsorption syndromes and celiac disease is one of them. You have signs of multiple essential nutrient ...  Read Full »

Please suggest ways to convince my husband about my gluten-free diet.

Query: Hi doctor, I have been having abdominal and thoracic pain for the past 16 years. I do like to describe the pain as irritation, burning, feeling like eating sandpaper; constant pulse to puff and burp, acid reflux and fire in my breast and stomach. I used tons of medications for years, such as proton ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for the excellent history and sharing your background as a dietitian really helped. First of all, as you might now, the celiac disease cannot be proved by chemical basis. You can very well have a negative serology with biopsy proven celiac disease. Th...  Read Full »

Why do I have high hemoglobin and hematocrit values?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 31 year old female. I have a history of celiac disease and a past medical history of Hodgkin's lymphoma, a stage 2 cervical lymph node and tumors in my chest. I had a blood test last week which showed B12 and folic acid deficiency, raised hemoglobin of 161 and raised hematocrit of ...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are having celiac disease in which because of malabsorption vitamin B12 deficiency and folate deficiency can occur. This deficiency also can be developed if polycythemia present in which proliferation more. Here hemoglobin and HCT is high as per history. Hence ...  Read Full »

Can you suggest any medicine for Celiac disease?

Query: Hi doctor, I have celiac disease for the last ten years, but I was diagnosed recently a year ago. As I have switched to a gluten-free diet, I am feeling weak. I am 25 years old. Please suggest to me some gluten-free food. Now I am taking L-Glutamine supplement and Multivitamin to recover.  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You need to understand that giving supplements of whatever quality would not help unless your primary issue is settled. I am sure you would have done confirmatory tests for diagnosing celiac disease, namely tTG (tissue transglutaminase) and duodenal biopsy showing v...  Read Full »

How to differentiate celiac disease from deamidated gliadin IgG level?

Query: Hi doctor, My friend had his deamidated gliadin IgG antibody test done recently. The test result is 152. Does it mean that the person is having celiac disease?  Read Full »

Dr. Kini

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Deamidated gliadin IgG antibody level of more than 30 is diagnostic of celiac disease. Since the number mentioned by you is 152, it indicates that the person is having celiac disease.  Read Full »

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