Coeliac disease is a digestive condition where a person has an adverse reaction to gluten.
It can affect any age after weaning has been started.
Eating foods containing gluten can trigger a range of symptoms, such as:
Gluten is a protein found in three types of cereal:
Gluten is found in any food that contains the above cereals, including:
Coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition. This is where the immune system – the body’s defence against infection – mistakenly attacks healthy tissue.
In cases of coeliac disease, the immune system mistakes substances found inside gluten as a threat to the body and attacks them.
This damages the surface of the small bowel (intestines), disrupting the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food.
If your doctor suspects that your child has Coeliac Disease he will requests some blood tests initially and depending on the blood test results, an endoscopy and biopsy.
The biopsy results help to establish the diagnosis.