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Diagnosis of Celiac Disease
- In a child—if the child eats well but still shows signs of malnutrition (especially if there is a family history of the disease)
- In an adult—if you have dermatitis herpetiformis (a gluten-sensitive skin rash), gastrointestinal symptoms, evidence of iron deficiency, signs of vitamin deficiency, or a family history of the disease.
- The presence of certain antibodies to gluten, which are produced by the immune system
- Evidence of malabsorption of nutrients, such as anemia and vitamin and mineral deficiencies
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American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://www.aafp.org/ . Accessed March 9, 2006.
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research website. Available at: http://www.mayo.edu/ . Accessed March 9, 2006.
The Merck Manual of Medical Information, 17th ed. Simon and Schuster, Inc.; 2000.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niddk.nih.gov/ . Accessed March 9, 2006.
- Reviewer: Daus Mahnke, MD
- Review Date: 12/2013
- Update Date: 00/11/2013