Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science
Celiac Disease in Adults: Common Extraintestinal Manifestations and the Importance of Early Recognition
Dr. June Sullivan
Celiac disease is a common yet underdiagnosed inflammatory disorder of the small intestine occurring in individuals of all ages with a genetic predisposition. Environmental exposure to gluten, a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley, and rye, triggers the disease. Symptoms can be improved and complications prevented by initiating and adhering to a gluten-free diet. The disease does not often present typically, particularly in the adult population. Extraintestinal manifestations of celiac disease are those that are non-gastrointestinal symptoms. The varied presentation of this disease can prove to be a challenge for clinicians and ultimately delay appropriate diagnosis and subsequent initiation of treatment. Untreated celiac disease may lead to significant complications. Clinicians must recognize the classical and non-classical symptoms, including extraintestinal manifestations of celiac disease, as early recognition can improve prognosis and outcomes.
Costa RA. Celiac Disease in Adults: Common Extraintestinal Manifestations and the Importance of Early Recognition. Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science. 2023; 5(1).
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