If celiac disease is left untreated, complications may develop. Some of these problems can occur because of the small intestine's inability to digest food and absorb nutrients properly. Other problems may develop from damage to the intestinal lining that may or may not cause noticeable symptoms.
Teens and adults often have milder symptoms, but they may still have complications. Some complications in teens and adults are different from those in children.
Children who have untreated celiac disease may develop complications such as:
Teens who have untreated celiac disease can have many of the same problems as those in younger children. In addition, they may have:
It is sometimes hard for teens to consistently follow a gluten-free diet. Make sure your teen knows that the more he or she doesn't follow the diet, the more likely the above complications are to develop.
Adults who have celiac disease may develop complications such as:
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Jerry S. Trier, MD - Gastroenterology
Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014
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