Diseases & Conditions


Celiac Disease

Synonyms of Celiac Disease
  • CD
  • Celiac Sprue
  • Gluten Enteropathy
  • Gluten-sensitive Enteropathy
  • GSE
  • Nontropical Sprue

Disorder Subdivisions

    General Discussion
    Celiac disease is a digestive disorder characterized by intolerance to dietary gluten, which is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Consumption of gluten leads to abnormal changes of the mucous membrane (mucosa) of the small intestine, impairing its ability to properly absorb fats and additional nutrients during digestion (intestinal malabsorption). Symptom onset may occur during childhood or adulthood. In affected children, such symptoms may include diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss or lack of weight gain, painful abdominal bloating, irritability, and/or other abnormalities. Affected adults may have diarrhea or constipation; abdominal cramping and bloating; abnormally bulky, pale, frothy stools that contain increased levels of fat (steatorrhea); weight loss; anemia; muscle cramping; bone pain; exhaustion (lassitude); and/or other symptoms and findings. Although the exact cause of celiac disease is unknown, genetic, immunologic, and environmental factors are thought to play some role.

    Organizations related to Celiac Disease
    • Autoimmune Information Network, Inc
      PO Box 4121
      Brick NJ 08723
      Phone #: 732-664-9259
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: autoimmunehelp@aol.com
      Home page: http://www.aininc.org
    • CORE
      3 St. Andrews Place
      London None NW1 4LB
      Phone #: 020- 74-86 0341
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: info@corecharity.org.uk
      Home page: http://www.corecharity.org.uk
    • Celiac Disease Foundation
      13251 Ventura Boulevard
      Studio City CA 91604
      Phone #: 818-990-2354
      800 #: --
      e-mail: cdf@celiac.org
      Home page: http://www.celiac.org
    • Celiac Sprue Association/USA, Inc.
      P.O. Box 31700
      Omaha NE 68131-0700
      Phone #: 402-558-0600
      800 #: 877-272-4272
      e-mail: celiacs@csaceliacs.org
      Home page: http://www.csaceliacs.org
    • European Society for Immunodeficiencies (ESID)
      c/o Dr. Esther de Vries
      Hertogenbosch None 5200 ME's
      Phone #: +31- 73--6992965
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: info@esid.org
      Home page: http://www.esid.org
    • Gluten Intolerance Group of North America
      15110 10th Avenue SW
      Seattle WA 98166-1820
      Phone #: 206-246-6652
      800 #: --
      e-mail: info@gluten.net
      Home page: http://www.gluten.net
    • International Scleroderma Network
      7455 France Ave So #266
      Edina MN 55435
      Phone #: 952-831-3091
      800 #: 800-564-7099
      e-mail: site-inquiries@sclero.org
      Home page: http://www.sclero.org
    • Jack Miller Center for Peripheral Neuropathy
      University of Chicago
      Chicago IL 60637
      Phone #: 773-702-5800
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: information-millercenter@neurology.bsd.uchicago.edu
      Home page: http://millercenter.uchicago.edu
    • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
      150 Custer Court
      Green Bay WI 54301-1243
      Phone #: 920-336-5333
      800 #: 877-336-5333
      e-mail: mums@netnet.net
      Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
    • Madisons Foundation
      PO Box 241956
      Los Angeles CA 90024
      Phone #: 310-264-0826
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
      Home page: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org
    • NIH/National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse
      2 Information Way
      Bethesda MD 20892-3570
      Phone #: 301-654-3810
      800 #: 800-891-5389
      e-mail: nddic@info.niddk.nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.niddk.nih.gov
    • National Foundation for Celiac Awareness
      P.O. Box 544 or 224 South Maple Street
      Ambler PA 19002
      Phone #: 215-325-1306
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: info@celiaccentral.org
      Home page: http://www.CeliacCentral.org
    • R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Celiac Kids)
      3527 Fortuna Ranch Rd
      Encinitas CA 92024
      Phone #: 858-395-5421
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: info@celiackids.com
      Home page: http://www.celiackids.com

    For a Complete Report

    This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc. ? (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be obtained for a small fee by visiting the NORD website. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational treatments (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, see http://www.rarediseases.org/search/rdblist.html