Celiac disease symptoms


Celiac disease symptoms can appear at any age, in children and adults.

It is believed that the longer the period a person was breastfed, the longer it will take for celiac diseases symptoms to appear. Besides that, the symptoms tend to become more unusual also.

Some other circumstances that may play a role are the age at which people begin with eating products containing gluten, as well as the quantity of the gluten intake.

Symptoms of celiac disease are not restricted to the digestive system only.

A list of common symptoms


  • recurring abdominal bloating and pain

  • chronic diarrhea

  • weight loss

  • pale, foul-smelling stool

  • unexplained anemia

  • excessive gas

  • bone pain

  • change in behavior

  • depression

  • irritability (common with children)

  • muscle cramps

  • fatigue

  • delayed growth

  • failure to thrive in infants

  • pain in the joints

  • seizures

  • tingling numbness in the legs (from nerve damage)

  • pale sores inside the mouth, called aphthus ulcers

  • painful skin rash, called dermatitis herpetiformis

  • tooth discoloration or loss of enamel

  • missed menstrual periods (often because of excessive weight loss)



  • Anemia, delayed growth, and weight loss are signs of malnutrition—not getting enough nutrients. .

    The extent of damage to the small intestine determines can determine how strong the celiac symptoms are. It is possible that people don't notice any symptoms at all. This is because the the small intestine is not completely damaged and still can absorb sufficient nutrients in order to prevent symptoms. However, even though symptoms don't appear, people are not safe from the complications of celiac disease.

    Malnutrition is a particularly serious issue for children, as they need the nutrition to grow and develop.

    Celiac disease should always be treated as it can result in several complications.


    • Cancer in the intestine - lymphoma and adenocarcinoma

    • Osteoporosis - bones become brittle, prone to breaking

    • Miscarriage and congenital malformation of the baby

    • Short stature

    • Seizures, or convulsions - result of inadequate absorption of folic acid