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Symptoms of Celiac Disease

  • Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
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Symptoms of Celiac Disease

Celiac disease symptoms can vary from person to person. Some people may not have any symptoms. Others may have problems that start early in life or later during adulthood.

General problems may be:

  • Belly cramps, bloating, and gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Foul-smelling, light-colored, oily stool (poop)
  • Constipation
  • Weight loss
  • Changes in appetite
  • Lack of energy
  • Irritability
  • Lightheadedness
  • Teeth that are damaged or discolored
  • Muscle cramps and joint pain
  • Menstrual changes
  • Male or female infertility

Skin problems:

  • Cracked sores in the corners of the mouth—angular cheilitis
  • Blistering skin rash—dermatitis herpetiformis
  • Shallow sores in the mouth—aphthous ulcers

Problems of the nervous system:

Problems absorbing nutrients may lead to these symptoms in babies and children:


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  • Celiac disease. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/gastrointestinal-disorders/malabsorption-syndromes/celiac-disease.
  • Celiac disease. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/celiac-disease
  • What is celiac disease? Celiac Disease Foundation website. Available at: https://celiac.org/about-celiac-disease/what-is-celiac-disease.


  • Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD
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This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.