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Celiac disease - sprue

  • Alternative Names

    Sprue; Nontropical sprue; Gluten intolerance; Gluten-sensitive enteropathy


    Prevention

    Because the exact cause is unknown, there is no known way to prevent the development of celiac disease. However, being aware of the risk factors (such as having a family member with the disorder) may increase your chances of early diagnosis, treatment, and a long, healthy life.


    References

    Green PH, Cellier C. Celiac disease. N Engl J Med. 2007;357:1731-1743.

    Semrad CE, Powell DW. Approach to the patient with diarrhea and malabsorption. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 143.