Celiac disease (CD) is a chronic inflammatory condition that results in immune-mediated damage to the mucosal lining of the small intestine. It occurs in genetically predisposed people who consume gliadin — a protein in gluten-containing foods such as wheat, rye and barley — and usually responds to a gluten-free diet.
A recent study co-authored by Joseph A. Murray, M.D., of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., found a strong association between celiac disease and gastroenteritis and other bacterial intestinal infections.
"The study suggests that adults who have gastroenteritis are more likely to be diagnosed with celiac disease within a couple of years," he says. "Gastroenteritis may be the match that lights the fuse of gluten intolerance."
Read more in the Digestive Diseases Update.
For more information about celiac disease, visit mayoclinic.org/celiacdisease.
Dr. Murray is a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic specializing in care of patients with celiac disease.
Content originally posted in the Digestive Diseases Update.