What are the non-intestinal symptoms of celiac disease?

Michael Albertson, MD
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.

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