Celiac Disease Complications
Collagenous Celiac Disease
Collagenous celiac disease is a rare, but serious complication of celiac disease in which a patient may have the symptoms of celiac disease initially, but they fail to improve on a gluten-free diet, and after several years a large amount of scar tissue (collagen) forms just under the intestinal lining. There is no treatment for collagenous celiac disease, and the prognosis is poor.
Reducing Cancer Risk With Celiac Disease
Some doctors believe that strict adherence to a gluten-free diet can reduce the risk of cancer in patients with celiac disease, but further studies are needed to prove this. Until more is known in this area, patients with celiac disease should adhere strictly to a gluten-free diet.