Advertisement

What are the non-intestinal symptoms of celiac disease?

Michael Albertson, MD
Gastroenterology
There are a number of non-intestinal symptoms of celiac disease which, in some cases, can be the first sign that you have celiac disease.
  • Celiac disease can present itself as migraine headaches.
  • You may have neuropathy, which is a nerve problem with numbness and tingling of your feet. This usually occurs with diabetes but could be related to celiac disease.
  • Depression or dysthymia (a feeling of melancholy), anxiety for no reason and epileptic seizures are sometimes associated with celiac disease.
  • Down syndrome is associated with celiac disease.
  • A rash called dermatitis herpetiformis is associated with celiac disease. If you have that rash, it's a pretty certain diagnosis of celiac disease.

Continue Learning about Celiac Disease

Irritable Bowels: Could Gluten Be to Blame?
Irritable Bowels: Could Gluten Be to Blame?
The most common diagnosis for people who suffer from unexplained and chronic diarrhea and constipation is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but many peo...
Read More
Is celiac disease serious?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
Celiac disease can be very serious if left untreated, especially in infants. Infants affected by cel...
More Answers
How common is celiac disease?
NewYork-Presbyterian HospitalNewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Thought at one time to be fairly rare in this country, new research conducted here at NewYork-Presby...
More Answers
Should You Go Gluten-Free?
Should You Go Gluten-Free?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.