What are the symptoms of coeliac disease?

What are the symptoms of coeliac disease?

There is a wide range of symptoms associated with coeliac disease.

These symptoms include:

  • Tiredness
  • Anaemia
  • Diarrhoea
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Weight loss
  • Vomiting
  • Mouth ulcers

Coeliac disease symptoms can vary between individuals. It is also common for children with untreated coeliac disease to present with a wide range of symptoms including short stature and failure to thrive. Coeliac disease symptoms can vary from very mild to severe and, in some, who appear to have no symptoms, the condition may only be discovered through routine testing for a specific reason, for example, if a first-degree relative is diagnosed with the condition.

Misdiagnosis of coeliac disease

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As coeliac disease symptoms are similar to other conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, in the past, coeliac disease was often misdiagnosed. However, the national clinical guideline for IBS specifies that any patients suspected to have IBS (with symptoms similar to those shown in coeliac disease) are tested for coeliac disease first.

What are the implications of coeliac disease if it is left untreated?

If coeliac disease is untreated for a long period, the condition can cause wide ranging complications such as osteoporosis, infertility and cancer of the gut. Therefore, if you suspect that you may have symptoms of coeliac disease, it is important to contact your doctor as soon as possible.If you feel that you may be suffering with coeliac disease symptoms, you should visit your doctor who will be able to perform a blood test to test for the possibility of coeliac disease.*

*Testing for coeliac disease is only accurate if the person continues to follow a gluten-containing diet during the diagnosis process.

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