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A Life with Celiac Disease and What it Means for Patients

Symptoms of the Disease

The symptoms of celiac disease in children and adults can be similar but in children there are some things that present that an adult would not be prone to. Some of the symptoms may alert a parent to that their child has celiac would be if others in the immediate and extended family suffer. Additionally in toddlers a failure to thrive, fatty or foul smelling stools, a short stature and a bloated and painful abdomen may all be signs that you should have your child tested. In older children, a short stature for the age group, chronic vomiting and diarrhea, failure to hit puberty benchmarks, weight loss and irritability are all symptoms.

Over thirty-four percent of people are diagnosed with celiac disease in adulthood, and in adults the symptoms may look different and are perhaps more worrying. Adults can suffer an array of symptoms from celiac disease. Bone and joint pain, unexplained anemia, seizure and migraines, fatigue, depression, peripheral neuropathy, liver and biliary tract disorders, canker sores, dermatitis and missed periods are all some of the things that should prompt someone to get tested for celiac disease, particularly if they are having these symptoms concurrently.