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Celiac Disease

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease (sprue) or Catarrhal Dysentery (tropical or non-tropical) is an intestinal malabsorption syndrome characterized by diarrhea, electrolyte depletion, malnutrition, bleeding tendency, and abnormally low blood calcium.

Persons with celiac disease are unable to properly absorb gluten. The only treatment for celiac disease is a gluten-free diet, an example of which is the Gluten Restricted Diet, for an indefinite period. Antibiotics and folic acid may help to keep in remission.

References
Chicago Dietetic Association and the South Suburban Dietetic Association of Cook and Will counties. 1981. Manual of Clinical Dietetics. W. B. Saunders Co., Philadephia.

Thomas, C.L. 1985. Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary. F.A. Davis Co. Pub., Philadelphia. 2170.