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Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is an illness caused by an immune reaction to eating gluten. Gluten is a protein found in foods containing wheat, barley or rye.

If you have celiac disease, eating gluten triggers an immune response to the gluten protein in your small intestine. Over time, this reaction damages your small intestine's lining and prevents it from absorbing nutrients, a condition called malabsorption. - Mayo Clinic

Deep Dive into Celiac Disease


About Celiac Disease

Many people with celiac disease don't know they have it. Two blood tests can help diagnose it:

  • Serology testing looks for antibodies in your blood. Elevated levels of certain antibody proteins indicate an immune reaction to gluten.

  • Genetic testing for human leukocyte antigens (HLA-DQ2 and HLA-DQ8) can be used to rule out celiac disease.

For more information, please visit Mayo Clinic Celiac Disease page.

Maryland Treatment Centers

Annapolis Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition is the only pediatric gastroenterology practice in Annapolis, Maryland providing exceptional services for children from infancy to early adulthood in collaboration with the Anne Arundel Medical Center. Led by pediatric gastroenterologist Ahmet Aybar, MD, he and his team excel at putting their young patients at ease. For more information, please visit Annapolis Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.

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