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Coeliac disease symptoms

Coeliac disease symptoms can vary from many to none at all. They include:

Many of these symptoms are very common and can occur in other conditions such as wheat intolerance, non-coeliac gluten sensitivity or irritable bowel syndrome. However, coeliac disease is widely recognised as being under-diagnosed so it’s important to consider it as a possible cause for a few or many of these symptoms.

You may also feel better once you remove wheat or gluten from your diet. But this does not always mean you have coeliac disease. See your doctor so you can have a thorough assessment and diagnosis.

There is no correlation between how severe or mild symptoms are and damage to the small bowel if you do have coeliac disease. Damage can still occur if gluten is eaten, even if there are no obvious symptoms.

It’s also important to be screened for coeliac disease if you have:

  • early onset osteoporosis
  • unexplained infertility
  • a family history of coeliac disease
  • liver disease
  • an autoimmune disease such as type 1 diabetes or an autoimmune thyroid condition.

Sources: Coeliac Australia (Gluten sensitivity, Symptoms), Gastroenterological Society of Australia (Coeliac disease, PDF - document)

Last reviewed: August 2015

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