Celiac disease occurs due to a genetic intolerance to dietary ingested gluten peptides. This initiates an immune response, predominantly in the small bowel, that results in malabsorption and associated symptoms including chronic diarrhea with weight loss, steatorrhea, postprandial abdominal pain, and bloating.
Gluten and gluten-sensitive enteropathy have become hot topics among the lay public and in medical practices. John Zone, M.D., from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, discusses how gluten sensitive enteropathy may impact many areas of dermatology.
Celiac disease is an inherited autoimmune chronic inflammatory intestinal disease that, uniquely, has a known inciting agent—gluten. Ob/gyns are most likely to encounter women with CD presenting with abdominal and pelvic pain. Irritable bowel syndrome and endometriosis are commonly part of the differential diagnosis.