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What are the possible complications of untreated celiac disease?

Michael Albertson, MD
Gastroenterology
Untreated celiac disease predisposes people to complications such as certain cancers, mostly lymphomas, in the small bowel and other places as well. People with untreated celiac disease also become nutritionally deficient. Their bodies lack certain vitamins that can result in bone, muscle and nerve disease. Women with undiagnosed celiac disease who become pregnant are at risk for delivering underweight babies.
 
Celiac is also associated with certain autoimmune diseases like thyroid disease, adrenal disease and diabetes mellitus. Anybody who has one of these conditions should be checked for the possibility of underlying celiac disease that has not been diagnosed.

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