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Symptoms of Celiac Disease
- Weight loss
- Abdominal cramps, bloating, and gas
- Smelly, light-colored, oily stool
- Change in appetite
Bone problems, such as:
- Osteoporosis, osteopenia (thinning of the bones)
- Osteomalacia (poorly formed bones; known as rickets when due to vitamin D deficiency)
- Bone pain
- Short stature (in children)
- Reproductive system problems, such as missed menstrual periods and infertility
Dermatological problems, such as:
- Angular cheilitis (cracked sores in the corners of the mouth)
- Skin rash, especially dermatitis herpetiformis (a gluten-sensitive skin rash)
- Aphthous ulcers (shallow sores in the mucous membranes of the mouth)
Neuro-psychological problems, such as:
- Behavior changes
- Neuropathy (tingling or numbness, most often in the feet or lower legs)
- Muscle cramps and joint pain
- Dental problems, related to malabsorption of calcium and vitamin D
- Failure to thrive (in infants)
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