Celiac disease symptoms can vary. Digestive symptoms of celiac disease include:
- Weight loss
Infants and children experience the digestive tract symptoms of celiac disease more often than adults. Children with celiac disease also can have growth issues due to the lack of absorption of proper nutrients.
Non-digestive tract symptoms of celiac disease can include:
- Joint pain
- Loss of bone density
- Soft bones
- Dermatitis herpetiformis, a blistery skin rash
It is important to have a physical exam when experiencing symptoms of celiac disease since the symptoms are similar to many other conditions. A blood test will be conducted to measure the levels of various autoantibodies in the blood. An endoscopy also may be conducted to diagnose celiac disease.
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