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Can a surgical or anesthesia event trigger or precipitate IBD, IBS or celiac disease?

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replied April 17th, 2008
Celiac Disease Answer A3944
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder and like the rest of the autoimmune diseases the exact cause is unknown. It is known that in some genetically predisposed people the protein gluten, found in some types of food, provokes the immune system to create antibodies against certain structures of the intestinal mucosa. Auto-antibodies then provoke inflammation that leads to intestinal mucosa atrophy and its disturbed function (malabsorption). Celiac disease can occur in any time of the life.

Effectiveness of a gluten free diet can suggest the presence of celiac disease but still - only detection of specific auto-antibodies in the blood and endoscopy with biopsy can confirm or exclude the diagnosis. Celiac disease can not be provoked by any gynecological intervention.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional disorder of the gastro-intestinal tract that has no organic lesion. IBS is often stress related. If that gynecological intervention was stressful for you it might provoke IBS. IBS is also manifested with digestive symptoms: abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal distension, constipation etc.
Diagnosis of IBS can be confirmed when all the possible organic disorders are excluded.

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