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Celiac Disease (Sprue)

by Carlo Raj, MD
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    Our topic now brings us to Celiac Sprue. Now Celiac Sprue, extremely marketable in terms of the products that we find everywhere in the US. You go into a grocery store, gluten–free diet or gluten–free products. You walk into a pizzeria, there's gluten free crusts. So obviously here we have an issue where the body is then creating an autoimmune type of status in which now anywhere along the GI tract you might have destruction taking place. Welcome to Celiac disease. In the US, the prevalence is as high as 1 in 200. Diarrhea is not the main symptom in adult, doesn't have to be. Iron deficiency is much more common. Remember that Celiac sprue, you should be thinking about being in the intestine where the lesion is taking place and it can pick and choose as to whatever it wants in terms of what it wants to destroy. It doesn't have to be continuous. Maybe it's destroying the duodenum, maybe might skip over down to the jejunum or maybe perhaps even down to the terminal ileum resulting in B12 deficiency. So malabsorption, it is a big issue with Celiac. Once you start destroying the parts of the intestine, everywhere, at some point in time there is some kind of malabsorption for sure taking place maybe perhaps even Vitamin D. And therefore resulting in osteomalacia in your patient. Associated with: Apart from the intestine and the diarrhea that might be associated and malabsorption, on the skin there's an extra–intestinal manifestation. It looks like herpes but it's not. You call this Dermatitis herpetiformis. What you would expect upon biopsy here would be an Immunoglobulin A. And only reason for that is because, remember the type of immunoglobulin that you have in your GI system is IgA. An increased incidence of small...

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