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Celiac Disease Treatment

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Celiac Disease Treatment
Celiac disease
Causes and Risk Factors
Symptoms
Diagnosis
Treatment

Celiac disease treatment
Once doctors diagnose and confirm that celiac disease is the cause of your medical problems, treatment can begin immediately. Celiac disease treatment does not require surgery, repeated doctor's visits or dependence on medication.  In fact, the best and only known treatment for CD is simply a lifelong elimination of "gluten".  To stay well, people with celiac disease must avoid gluten for the rest of their lives.

Eating even a small amount of gluten can damage the small intestine. The damage will occur in anyone with the disease, including people without noticeable symptoms. Depending on a person's age at diagnosis, some problems will not improve, such as short stature and dental enamel defects.

Diet
While a precise understanding of celiac disease and of intestinal damage remains unclear, removal of gluten from the diet usually brings about quick relief of symptoms and promotes intestinal healing in most patients.  For most people, following this diet will stop symptoms, heal existing intestinal damage, and prevent further damage. A dietitian can help you plan and stay with a gluten-free diet.

Improvement of celiac symptoms begins within days of starting the diet. The small intestine usually heals in 3 to 6 months in children, but may take several years in adults. A healed intestine means that villi are restored and can absorb nutrients from food into the bloodstream.

If you show no improvement on the gluten-free diet, check for hidden sources of gluten, including additives such as modified food starch, preservatives, and stabilizers made with wheat. Get in the habit of reading product labels! If the ingredients are not listed on the label, the manufacturer should provide a list upon request. Corn and rice products, for example, are produced in factories that also manufacture wheat products and can be contaminated with wheat gluten.  Gluten is also used in some medications. With practice, screening for gluten becomes second nature.

Refractory celiac disease
If intestinal injury continues despite a strictly gluten-free diet, refractory celiac disease is possible.   The main characteristic of refractory celiac disease is severely damaged intestines that cannot heal. Because the intestines do not absorb enough nutrients that the body requires, I.V. infusions may be necessary. Additionally, researchers are evaluating drug treatments for refractory celiac disease.

Research
Several drug treatments for celiac disease are under evaluation. Researchers are also studying a combination of enzymes-proteins that aid chemical reactions in the body-that detoxify gluten before it enters the small intestine.

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