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Celiac disease is an abnormal immune system reaction to gluten, a protein found in grains like wheat and rye. It damages the small intestine so that it can't do a good job of absorbing nutrients from your food.
If you have celiac disease, you need to avoid foods that contain gluten.
Celiac disease is also known as celiac sprue, gluten-sensitive enteropathy, and nontropical sprue.
Last Revised: October 9, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Jerry S. Trier, MD - Gastroenterology
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