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Coeliac disease

  • Coeliac disease is a lifelong autoimmune disease caused by a reaction to gluten.
  • 1 in 100 people have coeliac disease.
  • Coeliac disease symptoms include diarrhoea, constipation, vomiting, stomach cramps, mouth ulcers, fatigue and anaemia.
  • In undiagnosed, untreated coeliac disease there is a greater risk of complications including anaemia, osteoporosis, neurological conditions such as gluten ataxia and neuropathy, and although rare there's an increased risk of small bowel cancer and intestinal lymphoma.
  • Once diagnosed, coeliac disease is treated by following a gluten free diet for life.
  • Dermatitis herpetiformis is the skin manifestation of coeliac disease.

If you think you could have coeliac disease, take our online assessment at isitcoeliacdisease.org.uk

Read on for more information on coeliac disease and how to get diagnosed.