Celiac Disease is a lifelong inherited autoimmune condition affecting children and adults. When people with CD eat foods that contain gluten, it creates an immune-mediated toxic reaction that causes damage to the small intestine and does not allow food to be properly absorbed. Even small amounts of gluten in foods can affect those with CD and cause health problems. Damage can occur to the small bowel even when there are no symptoms present. Gluten is the common name for the proteins in specific grains that are harmful to persons with celiac disease. These proteins are found in ALL forms of wheat (including durum, semolina, spelt, kamut, einkorn and faro) and related grains rye, barley and triticale and MUST be eliminated.
At the Allegheny Center for Digestive Health, part of the West Penn Allegheny Health System, a Celiac Disease Center has been established to offer patients the region’s most comprehensive, multidisciplinary celiac disease management program. The Center provides well-coordinated care lead by a team of experienced healthcare providers, which includes:
• A gastroenterologist
• A specialized celiac dietitian
• An Internist who is also a nutrition expert
• A complimentary and alternative medicine provider
• A local support group of volunteers
Together, this team thoroughly evaluates patients to make an accurate diagnosis and develop a personalized disease management plan.
Learn More here: http://www.wpahs.org/specialties/celiac-center