Celiac Sprue disease

The indigestion of gluten, causing extreme discomfort.

Inform

Illness summary

  • An allergic reaction to gluten that causes illness and small lacerations in the intestine.

Causes

  • Genetics
  • Negative immune system response to Gluten.

Prevention

  • There is no prevention because it is based on genetics and antibodies, it is possible to grow out of it if a child is afflicted with an allergy to gluten.

Living with the disease

  • It is really easy to live with this disease. It will require a change in diet in order to cut out gluten, very few people need medication.

DIagnosis

Signs/Symptoms


  • -In Children (affects absorption of nutrients essential for growth)
  1. Abdominal Pain after ingestion of possible gluten containing food.
  2. Vomiting after ingestion of possible gluten containing food.
  3. Diarrhea after ingestion of possible gluten containing food.
  4. Behavioral disturbances (Depression, irritability, poor school performance) after ingestion of possible gluten containing food.
  • - In Adults Usually affects adults in their 30's - 40's
  1. Diarrhea after ingestion of possible gluten containing food.
  2. Abdominal Discomfort after ingestion of possible gluten containing food.


  1. Bloating after ingestion of possible gluten containing food.
  2. Steatorrhea, or fatty stools (caused by malabsorption of ingested fat) after ingestion of possible gluten containing food.
  • Nutrient Deficiencies.
  1. Iron
  2. Folic Acid
  3. Vitamin B-12
  4. Vitamin K
  5. Vitamin D
  • Skin Disorders
  • Nerve problems (weakness)
  • Hormonal disorders

Tests needed


  • Blood test (Electrolyte imbalances, malnutrition, anemia, low Iron levels, malabsorption of vitamin K)
  • Serologic test (Measurement of antibodies that break down gluten)
  • Small intestine imaging (looking for damage)
  • Small intestine biopsy.


Research

  • Rambod Rouhbakhsh,
  • MD
  • MBA
  • FAAFP
  • Diplomat American Board of Family Medicine

Treatment Plan:

Medication(s)

  • Small possibility for the need of steroids.

Vaccination(s)

  • No vaccination

Nutritional Plan

  • Cut out any and all gluten, use substances like rice flour and corn starch.

Physical Therapy

  • No need for physical therapy.

Life Expectancy

  • A full life span.