Celiac Disease Program
Celiac Disease Program

Digestive Disease Institute

Celiac Disease Program

  • Overview
  • Diagnosis & Treatment
  • Meet Our Team

Diagnosis & Treatment

Diagnosis of Celiac Disease

If celiac disease is suspected, there are a number of assessments that can be carried out to confirm diagnosis:

  • Physical examination and discussion of your symptoms and your medical history.
  • Blood tests to measure antibody levels, and to check for nutritional deficiencies such as low iron levels. A stool sample may also be tested as celiac disease prevents the body from absorbing fat from food.
  • An endoscopy may be performed to check for any damage to the lining of the small intestine.
  • Your doctor may also advise screening of family members, as celiac disease typically runs in families.

Treatment of Celiac Disease

A fully gluten-free diet is the only way to treat celiac disease. By cutting out gluten completely, many of the symptoms can improve within days, nutrient absorption improves over time, and in most cases, any intestinal damage heals within 6 months. For people who have been diagnosed with celiac disease, this means a gluten-free diet for the rest of their lives.

Your doctor will also take some preventive measures for your future health including blood tests, vaccination, and screening tests.

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Meet Our Team

The Celiac Disease Program involves a multidisciplinary team of caregivers working together to provide thorough and compassionate treatment and support to our patients with celiac disease.

Caregivers involved in patient care for this program include:

  • Gastroenterologists
  • Dieticians

It is important that patients with celiac disease are treated in a specialized center to improve their condition and prevent potential complications, as well as to receive practical support in managing the life-changing dietary changes required.

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